Got Vaccine Questions? This TikToker Has the Medical Know-How Without All the Preachiness

Meet Arshie Larga, the pharmacist helping our brain cells work things out.

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PHOTO BY Tiktok / Arshie Lagra ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) There is a whole lot of information going around online, and we're not just talking about COVID-19. We totally get it if you sometimes just want to shut everything out and go on a sort of info cleanse—but that's not something ideal for the long-term either. So here's one thing you can try out: take a look at Arshie Larga's TikTok. The pharmacist has quite the following online and his mix of informative and super entertaining vids shows why.

@arshielife

##stitch with @Cyril Maryam Enrile Hindi po totoo na nagiging sanhi ang COVID vaccines para dumikit ang magnet sa braso. ##healthtokph ##tiktokskwela

? original sound - Arshie Larga

We know you've seen the so-called #MagnetChallenge going around! Larga made it clear why it wouldn't make sense for vaccines to have such a strange effect—while also making it hilariously clear that people should wash their arms. And that's just one short-but-sweet explainer of many!

Also read: Maris Racal's TikTok Is the Hilarious Bright Spot You Need Today

Who is Arshie Larga and why is he one of the Filipino TikTokers to follow?

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Larga, who also goes by Arshiethromycin on social media (clever!), is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate from the Centro Escolar University. One of his earliest TikTok vids show that he's been on the platform since 2018 and as of writing, has around two million followers! He even got the blue check in December 2020

Larga posts about a bunch of different things; he's a K-Pop fan, does dance covers, but most popular are the videos he makes while working at a pharmacy headed by his mom. 

@arshielife

Reply to @geedee25 Kung sakaling nagka-covid kahit nabakunahan na may benefits pa rin na makukuha sa bakuna. ##learnontiktok ##tiktokskwela ##healthtokph

? original sound - Arshie Larga

You can check out short clips of him succinctly explaining the hows and whys of vaccines, medicine, and typical pharmacy questions, sometimes answered through dance in that weirdly entertaining way TikToks just do. And then he also throws in super funny clips about pharmacy shenanigans just in case your brain cells need a break. We round up a few of the funniest—and most helpful—ones below:

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##stitch with @thelakwatsero | Bawal bang uminom ng alak at kape pagkatapos magpabakuna? ##learnontiktok ##tiktokskwela ##healthtokph

? original sound - Arshie Larga

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Yung puro ka study break pero ang dami mo pang kailangan aralin????????

? Sneaky Snitch - Kevin MacLeod

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Reply to @ricaannevega Pwede bang magpabakuna kontra COVID ang mga buntis at lactating mommies? ##learnontiktok ##tiktokskwela ##healthtokph

? Gimme Hope Joanna - princessMichaella????

@arshielife

Ilang taon ka nung nalaman mong ang tawag sa panglinis ng sugat na ito ay Povidone iodine? #learnontiktok #tiktokskwela #healthtokph

? original sound - Arshie Larga

@arshielife

Reply to @emildanielvalera

? Gimme Hope Joanna - princessMichaella????

@arshielife

Pasensya ka na kuya hindi ko rin alam kung para saan yung wings????

? bobo po ako - dee | get well dobby <33

@arshielife

‘Pag ganito talaga ang tanong ng customer nagbu-buffer talaga ako kasi hindi naman ito tinuro sa’min???? Tanungin nyo na lang ako about sa gamot????

? "Shake that A$$" by KueenD - ????????

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Work-tok???? Nakakatuwa kapag may mga customer na nakaka-recognize sa’kin sa botika (luh artista ka ba?char!) Hello @joo_02 @_jllndmnqomn ????

? Butter - ????? (BTS)

@arshielife

Minsan na nga lang ako sumayaw eto pa ang nangyari...???? | IG: @arshiethromycin

? All TikTok Mashup (JVKE - Upside Down) - JVKE ????

@arshielife

For us pharmacists, this is a sight for sore eyes????

? Bills, Bills, Bills - Destiny's Child

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