DOH assures senior citizens of  safety of COVID-19 vaccines

DOH Spokesperson Usec, Rosario Vergeire (Screengrab)

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb 18 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday assuresd the public, more particularly the senior citizens, on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and on the very small possibility of any serious side effects they can get from them.

“Ang isa pong bakuna ay mayroon ho talagang tinatawag natin na mga adverse effects. There would be minor, there would be serious adverse events. Pero kapag tiningnan po natin ang mga statistics of these serious adverse events, makikita po natin ano, napakaliit lang ito across the millions of populations that had been inoculated,” DOH USec Rosario Vergeire said during the Laging Handa Public Briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Vergeire cited the vaccination practices in Israel where there is still no confirmed casualties relating to the COVID-19 vaccines there, so far. The trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Israel is likewise slowing down after the inoculation rollout. 

The DOH said an adverse event may still happen once inoculated but it is very remote and not everyone will have it.

The health department assured the public that the government has placed safeguards to manage any adverse effects.

“Mayroon na tayong mga pamamaraan in place because we have been vaccinating for decades already kung paano natin ima-manage ang mga ganitong mga adverse events from immunization,”

The Food and Drug Administration will also ensure that the vaccine evaluation is thorough whenever the agency provides an Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccines tested.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, as long as there is this Emergency Use Authority from our Food and Drug Administration, we can assure everybody that it is safe and it is going to be effective,” Vergeire said.

The DOH emphasized that the government will not allow the purchasing of vaccines that are not safe and effective.

“Gusto nating ipagbigay-alam sa ating mga kababayan, na ang atin pong gobyerno ay hindi papayag na bibili tayo ng mga bakuna na hindi ligtas at hindi magiging epektibo para sa ating mga kababayan,” Vergeire said. (PIA-NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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