DOH: 432 ZamboPen Sino, Astra vacinees report minor aches, fever 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 25 (PIA) – Several health workers who had their first shot of Astrazeneca and Sinovac exhibited side effects following vaccination, but the Department of Health (DOH) here explains these were expected and are normal reactions.

DOH-9 reported that out of 11,446 health care workers and frontliners who were given their first dose of either vaccines in the past weeks, 432 reported experiencing minor symptoms. These include one or a combination of the following: headache, chills, fever, body malaise, increased blood pressure, dizziness and rashes.

“These are all minor adverse effects following immunization. But it is important to note that they may have been caused by the vaccine, or not by the vaccine at all,” explained Dr. Aaron Jess Khalil Curay, DOH-9 medical officer, during the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) Kapihan na Zamboanga Press Briefing on March 23.

All symptoms have already been treated immediately after vaccination, Dr. Curay added.

Meanwhile, as per DOH data, region 9 currently has 228 active COVID-19 cases, while Zamboanga City has 42.

“Nevertheless, given this downtrend of cases we must not be laxed and must continue to maintain and follow strict health protocols to prevent any more surge in cases,” Dr. Curay said. (RVC/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City, photo courtesy of RJ Bue Brown, Barangay Information Officer-Cawit)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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