On March 4, more than 480,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the Philippines via the COVAX Facility. Hardworking health workers and people with underlying health conditions were among the first to be vaccinated. For ICU nurse Kareen Mae Abalahin, that meant a chance to see her husband and son again, after almost four long months apart.
“I have this hope that I will go home soon,” she said. “I can hug them, I can kiss them.”
“Knowing that I’ve been vaccinated, I know that I have an added layer of protection. Vaccines have been studied well and have been proven throughout the years, with the eradication of some of the virusus like smallpox. Because of this vaccine, we are protected and we are protecting [our patients] also.”