Mayor of Pasig helps ease childhood fear of injections

FILE PHOTO: Vico Sotto, Mayor of the City of Pasig. Image taken from his post on Twitter

As COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 has begun, many children have already visited vaccination sites to protect themselves against severe respiratory disease.

And like any vaccination campaign involving children, the sight of children reluctant to get vaccinated, fearing pain from needles, is common.

Taking a break from his political campaign, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto came across such a child during the local government’s pediatric vaccination rollout, and he did his best to calm the child of the only way he knows: by being witty.

In a post on Twitter, Sotto said the 10-year-old was afraid to get vaccinated and they had to wait for him for five minutes to calm down.

” He was afraid. We waited five minutes for him to calm down. I told him I wouldn’t leave until he was vaccinated,” he tweeted.

To soothe and encourage the child, Sotto spoke to him, telling him that it wouldn’t hurt, at least not for now.

“To encourage him, I told him it would only hurt for a second. The real pain will be felt later in the night,” he said.

Sotto appeared to be successful, however, as the child was eventually vaccinated, as seen in the accompanying photo he posted.

Internet users have fun

Many netizens were amused by the mayor’s sense of humor and were quick to comment. They can hold the line forever. XD,” one user wrote.

Some netizens asked Sotto if the mayor could accompany them when they get their shots or get their boosters.

“Mayor, can you come with me too?” I’m afraid of being hurt, ”wrote another Internet user.

“Mr. Mayor, I will also receive a booster shot. Don’t leave me either,” tweeted another. Sotto later announced that Pasig City was able to vaccinate 1,650 children against COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 9.

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