Over five weekends in October 2021, five esteemed doctors shared about the virus and vaccines. In each session, scholars and their families learned about:
- What is COVID-19?
- How is the virus transmitted and how can we stop the spread?
- Why are vaccines important and why should we get vaccinated?
- Debunking myths about COVID-19 vaccines
- Why are health protocols still important?
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection, and what should I do if I experience these symptoms?
There was also a Q&A segment where our speakers addressed queries about the ongoing pandemic and the available lines of defense.
The team of doctors was led by Dr. Genesis Samonte, a medical doctor and public health specialist. She worked for the Department of Health (DOH) for 15 years. She is now with an international organization, supporting health programs of 36 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
With her were Dr. Joy Pabellon, a medical doctor who worked with DOH for 7 years and is currently working for a global pharma company as Medical Affairs Lead for Access to Medicine in the Philippines; Dr. Lei Camiling-Alfonso, a public health specialist and co-convenor of Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19; Dr. Rosal Renta-Manaloto, an internal medicine and adult cardiology specialist, Chairman of the Coronary Care Unit, and member of the COVID Risk Assessment Team of Mary Mediatrix Medical Center in Batangas; and Dr. Connie Sison, a pediatrician & pediatric cardiologist at the Philippine General Hospital.
More than 1,000 families from across the Philippines learned through this vaccination information drive.
[Article submitted by Alyssa Cordel, REAL Life Foundation, Inc.]