Duterte wants to be vaccinated in his butt instead of arm? That’s unfortunate, Leachon says
President Duterte's decision to get vaccinated against COVID in his buttocks is a personal choice.

Duterte wants to be vaccinated in his butt instead of arm? That’s unfortunate, Leachon says

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President Duterte’s decision to get vaccinated against COVID in his buttocks is a personal choice.

But Dr. Tony Leachon, former adviser of the National Task Force against COVID-19, said the President’s preference to get injection in his buttocks was “unfortunate.” He said it would be inspiring if Duterte chose to get vaccinated in the deltoid area like other world leaders.

“Our next big challenge is to convince the public to get vaccinated. It’s unfortunate Pres. Duterte has chosen his buttocks to be site for vaccination instead of the deltoid area like US Joe Biden, Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong. It would be inspiring,” he tweeted.

Leachon said the buttocks are not usually used as a vaccination site for infants and children. To avoid injury to the sciatic nerves, they are generally not used in adults, he added.

“The central region of the buttocks should be avoided for all injection,” he said.

He said most vaccines should be given via the intramuscular route into the deltoid or the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. “This optimises the immunogenicity of the vaccine and minimises adverse reactions at the injection site,” he said.

Malacanang announced the President would be vaccinated away from public eye since he chose to get injected in his buttock area.

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