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Waiting for the Covid-19 vaccine



THE United States have started vaccinating children ages 12-15 against Covid-19. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/CDC, THE CONVERSATION

In the United States, children ages 12 to 15 are getting vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

Before we know it, these young ones may be allowed to go to public places again, just like in pre-pandemic times. Same goes to citizens of other countries that have an efficient vaccine program.
What about the Philippines? As a developing country, we rely on the support of advanced countries, especially at this crucial time.

It means our battle against the virus will take longer since the Philippine government’s vaccine rollout is totally dependent on the supply that countries like the US, Russia and China are able to provide.

Going to school physically, visiting a friend’s house, going to the mall to watch a movie with the family, visiting a relative on his or her birthday, and many other activities were part of life as we knew it then.

As long as vaccines are not yet available to Filipino youth, life will still be difficult.

CHILDREN are yearning to attend face-to-face classes. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF HEALTHLINE

Suffice to say that prolonged lockdowns or quarantines have a negative impact on the social life of the youth. Interacting with our peers allows us to express ourselves and exchange ideas and opinions.

Young people talk, listen, think, imagine, laugh, cry and live life the way it should be lived — freely without being restricted to our homes.

The vaccine is our only hope if we want to do all that again and explore the world around us.

There is no substitute for face-to-face classes with our teachers and classmates, as there is also no substitute for living life outside the walls of our homes.

So, the waiting continues for the Covid-19 vaccine. It is still home quarantine for us in the meantime.

By Mikaela Kristina
Acido Muega