When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the hardest-hit sectors were frontliners and senior citizens. Authorities implemented extraordinary precautions for the elderly, who were twice as vulnerable to the virus. They were at the highest risk for infection, hospitalization, and death from the get-go.
Making things worse is that senior citizens were not allowed to go out during lockdowns. This drastic change in daily routine and the lack of social interaction have also affected their mental health. Most seniors have described the experience as a lonely journey full of stress, anxiety, and silent suffering.
But as restrictions slowly ease and now that the country is at Alert Level 1, how safe is it for them to go out? Have most of the country’s senior citizens been fully vaccinated and boosted already? As for those who have not yet been vaccinated, are they at risk of contracting the virus?
This Friday, March 18, 2022, from 12 to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UPM NIH), National Telehealth Center, and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.
In this particular “Stop COVID Deaths” episode, titled “ALERT LEVEL 1: Puwede na ba lumabas ang mga senior?”, Dr. Shelley Ann dela Vega, Director of the Institute on Aging at UPM NIH, and Dr. Nina Gloriani, Chairperson of the Vaccine Expert Panel-Technical Working Group for COVID-19 Vaccines, will do a deep dive on the status and vaccination levels of senior citizens, and weigh the risks and benefits of going out for seniors. UP-PGH Director for Health Operations Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose will also deliver her synthesis and closing remarks.
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