#DADLECTURE: Erwan Heussaff on ‘brand conscious’ Filipinos, COVID-19 vaccine

Published July 24, 2021, 12:04 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Now that he’s fully vaccinated, social media influencer and online content creator Erwan Heussaff has shared his two cents about the “brand conscious.”

“Finally fully vaccinated with my 2nd dose of Sinovac today. Apparently, if I would have gotten vaccinated with any of the other Big 4, it’s not socially acceptable to say it, because I would be showing off my privilege (people online need to chill… ),” he started.

According to Erwan, the way he sees it is that anyone getting vaccinated at this point, regardless of the brand, is “privileged.”

“So don’t be choosy,” he advised.

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“If you can get it, do it. Some people have been waiting for months to receive one dose in the Philippines and some people here have to wait in line for hours (days?) for their shots. Thankfully, my experience was organized, and the wait was manageable (Thanks Makati!).”

In fact, Erwan noted he ordered Moderna for their companies’ months ago but have yet to receive the shipment.

“I got anxious of waiting and just decided to sign up in Makati as an A4 instead a couple of months back,” he related. “Knowing that eventually every country in the world is slowly going to start implementing no vaccine, no *insert here, policies (travel, eating out, concerts, etc.).”

He then asked when did everyone become a “vaccine expert.”

“I’m so tired of knee-jerk opinions on Viber groups, Twitter and Facebook. At the end of the day Sinovac is still an effective Covid-19 vaccine. Whether it’s 50% or 95%, it’s still something. Just because you’re vaccinated does not mean you can go hugging strangers again (did you ever do that?),” he said.

“Recently, lots of articles have been coming out about vaccinated health care workers getting infected in Thailand and Indonesia, but they are still small numbers compared to how many Healthcare workers, in total, who have been vaccinated there (I think it shows a 93%++ protection rate). So, stop trying to be the smartest person in the room and listen to people who know what they are talking about (not me, the doctors),” he continued. “In any case, it looks like ALL vaccine brands are now discussing potential needs of booster shots with other vaccine brands, due to the new variants. Just goes to show that no vaccine has a 100% efficacy rate.”

Then, he added in jest that the vaccine could compare to condoms.

Erwan also pointed out the fact that the vaccine is “free.”

“That doesn’t happen often.”