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Philippines doctor uses sign language to explain COVID-19 vaccination to deaf citizen

Dr. Macy Mananghay screens a resident at Pasolo Elementary School using sign language.

In an act of inclusivity, a doctor from the Valenzuela City Vaccination (VCVAx) used sign language to explain screening procedures to a deaf citizen.

Twitter users praised and thanked VCVax Dr. Macy Mananghaya for her dedication to the community.

“I encourage everyone to learn FSL (Filipino Sign Language) or ESL (English Sign Language). It’s very helpful, it also connects us to them. Patience is needed in learning one. Love this,” one user wrote.

“We should all aspire to be at [this] level of inclusivity! Lodicakes,” another user added.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant language of many North Americans with hearing disabilities.

As of August 12, 2021, approximately 12 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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