DOH-CALABARZON reminds vax recipients to take 2nd shot

CALAMBA CITY, May 11 (PIA) --The Department of Health Region IV-A (DOH IV-A)  reminds COVID-19 vaccine recipients to take their second dose of vaccines to get full protection amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region. 

In a press release, Regional Director Eduardo Janairo emphasized that although they will not be completely immune against the coronavirus, those who got vaccinated against the disease will be able to form antibodies needed in combating severe forms COVID-19. 

“Tandaan natin na nagkaroon na nga maraming variant ang virus kaya napakaimportanteng makumpleto natin ang ang bakuna natin upang masiguro na ang katawan natin ay may kumpletong panlaban sa COVID-19,” Janairo explains. 

In its May 4 report, the DOH said around 132, 180 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to priority groups in the Calabarzon region using vaccines made by drugmakers Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca. 

Around 154,347 (93.8%) have already received their first dose, while 10,154 (5.2%) were given their second shot.

Despite getting inoculated, the region’s top doctor reminded those who have been vaccinated have to continue following minimum health protocols such as wearing face masks, physical distancing, and regular handwashing as they may still get infected by the virus. 

“Only upon receiving the second dose of Covid vaccine can you get the full protection against the virus. Huwag po natin itong ipagwalang bahala dahil mahirap po ang magkasakit dahil sa covid. Mahirap ma-hospital at hindi rin madaling gumaling dahil dito,” Janairo said. 

According to the region’s top doctor, those who received AstraZeneca vaccines will have 12 weeks to get their second dose, while those who were inoculated with Sinovac shots have 28 days or 4 weeks to get their second shot. (PB/DOH 4-A)



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

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