Erwan Heussaff has had enough of the stigma on COVID-19 vaccine brands.
After getting his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine, the food/travel vlogger and entrepreneur took to Instagram his frustrations on some people’s perception on vaccines.
“Finally fully vaccinated with my 2nd dose of Sinovac today. Apparently, if I would have gotten vaccinated with any of the other Big 4, it’s not socially acceptable to say it, because I would be showing off my privilege (people online need to chill... ),” he wrote.
While sharing his own experience, Erwan also encouraged his followers to get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available to them and not wait for their preferred brand.
“The way I see it, anyone getting vaccinated at this point, regardless of the brand, is privileged, so don’t be choosy. If you can get it, do it. Some people have been waiting for months to receive one dose in the Philippines and some people here have to wait in line for hours (days?) for their shots. Thankfully, my experience was organized, and the wait was manageable (Thanks Makati!),” he added.
Erwan revealed that he was supposed to get another brand of vaccine, but the waiting only made him “anxious”. “I ordered Moderna for our companies’ months ago but have yet to receive the shipment. I got anxious of waiting and just decided to sign up in Makati as an A4 instead a couple of months back. Knowing that eventually every country in the world is slowly going to start implementing no vaccine, no insert here, policies (travel, eating out, concerts, etc.).”
He went on to vent out on people throwing unwarranted opinion on vaccine brands, making the stigma worse.
“When did everyone become a vaccine expert? I’m so tired of knee-jerk opinions on Viber groups, Twitter, and Facebook. At the end of the day Sinovac is still an effective COVID-19 vaccine. Whether it’s 50% or 95%, it’s still something. Just because you’re vaccinated does not mean you can go hugging strangers again (did you ever do that?),” he said.
Erwan continued, “Recently, lots of articles have been coming out about vaccinated health care workers getting infected in Thailand and Indonesia, but they are still small numbers compared to how many Healthcare workers, in total, who have been vaccinated there (I think it shows a 93%++ protection rate). So, stop trying to be the smartest person in the room and listen to people who know what they are talking about (not me, the doctors).”
“In any case, it looks like ALL vaccine brands are now discussing potential needs of booster shots with other vaccine brands, due to the new variants. Just goes to show that no vaccine has a 100% efficacy rate. Just like condoms, but you still use them, right?,” said Erwan.
To end his post, he put in “#SinoVaxed”, “#DadLecture”, and “P.S It’s free from the government. That doesn’t happen often.”
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