DOH-10 assures COVID-19 vaccines safe, effective

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 15 (PIA) – Dr. Ian Christian Gonzales, Communicable Disease Cluster head of the Department of Health (DOH)-10 Region 10 has assured the hesitant public and senior citizens that the COVID-19 vaccines used to inoculate people against the virus are safe and effective regardless of the brand and pharmaceutical companies are safe and effective.

In an interview during the recently held Talakayan sa PIA: COVID-19 Series, Gonzales said, “If we take a look at the vaccines, the technology being used to develop that vaccine is old, same as all other vaccines used to vaccinate our children. That should give us the confidence that these vaccines are safe,” Gonzales said.

He also explained that the vaccines that we are using had undergone clinical trials. Ten of thousand patients were vaccinated with both actual vaccine and placebo and no negative results observed.

Further, he said that prior to vaccination rollout in the country, other countries around the world had been vaccinating millions of their constituents with the same vaccines that we are using and there were no harmful and dangerous signals seen after administering the doses.

Even if the vaccines were seen safe and effective based on the clinical trials, DOH would still continue to monitor if there would be any adverse effects to those who received the vaccines.

In its monitoring, the DOH said those who received the vaccines had experienced a bit of pain in their shoulders, some also experienced fever, body malaise since their immune systems are reacting to the vaccine, all normal reactions after receiving the jabs.  

“It is important that the senior citizens be vaccinated even if they have comorbidities because they are the ones to have high chances to be admitted in the hospital or die due to COVID,” Gonzales explained.

Gonzales said the senior citizens would get the most benefits once vaccinated and advised those living with their grandparents to encourage them to have them checked by doctors  to manage their comorbidities such as controlling their high blood pressure and other complications. " So, when the schedule of vaccination for senior citizens comes, they are healthy and ready to receive the vaccine," Gonzales maintained. (JAKA/PIA10)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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