Five report feeling unwell after getting Sinovac jab; doctor says mild side effects ‘normal’

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021   •   727

MANILA, Philippines – Five people were reported feeling unwell after being administered with Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) on the first day of the vaccination program rollout.

In Correspondent Dante Amento’s report on UNTV’s Ito Ang Balita, five people were sent to the emergency room for monitoring and observation.

One of them was a male staff of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office who experienced a dizzy spell a few minutes after receiving the vaccine.

A female vaccinee experienced rashes, while two others reported having a high blood pressure and palpitations.

Of the cases, two have been discharged.

According to VMMC director, Dr. Dominador Chiong, the reported symptoms can be considered mild side effects if these are proven to have been caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

They are also not discounting the possibility that the symptoms may have also been caused by other factors such as anxiety about the vaccination and fatigue, as well as the heat.

“Pwedeng mangyari po yun talaga just like in any other medication,” Chiong said.

The Philippine government on Monday formally rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination program to several hospitals in Metro Manila after receiving the donated vaccine doses from China on Sunday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DOH’s Duque gets vaccinated vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III received his first dose of a vaccine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday.

Duque was inoculated around 10 a.m. with CoronaVac dose made by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech. Health Undersecretary Geraldo Bayugo administered the vaccine.

Duque, 64, is a senior citizen that belongs to A2 category of the government’s COVID-19 priority list.

“As I receive my dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today, I invite everyone to do the same, and choose to be protected,” Duque was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the DOH.

“Let us all take part in protecting public health, and let us be in unison in spreading one message: that vaccines are safe, and vaccines are effective,” he added.

Duque also stressed that the government is doing everything it can to secure sufficient vaccine supply to cover 70 million Filipinos.

The DOH chief’s vaccination follows the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration to use CoronaVac on senior citizens amid a shortage of AstraZeneca vaccine supply, which is used to inoculate the elderly.

 

PH receives 500K more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday received another shipment of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

Around 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the government arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at past 5 p.m. It arrived via a Philippines Airlines flight.

The shipment brings the COVID-19 shots so far delivered to the country to more than 3,525,600, comprised of CoronaVac and AstraZeneca.

This is part of the commitment of Sinovac Biotech to deliver 1.5 million vaccine doses this month. The other 500,000 doses were shipped last April 11.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that about 100,000 of these vaccines will be deployed to Metro Manila and its administration will be completed within the week.

Galvez also said that another 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will be delivered on April 29.

Galvez: Sputnik V, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in PH starting next week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will receive, starting next week, around 690,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and Pfizer, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Thursday.

During a Palace briefing, Galvez said an initial 15,000 doses of Gamaleya’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in the country on April 25. Another batch of 480,000 doses will be delivered on April 29.

On the same day, 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will also arrive in the country.

Around 195,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility may be delivered by end of April, Galvez said.

By May, the Philippines is expecting to receive around 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – 2 million will be from Sinovac and 1 to 2 million from Gamaleya.

Galvez also expressed hope that 194,000 doses of Moderna vaccines will be delivered next month.

The vaccine czar also reported that another 2 million doses of Sputnik V may be delivered by June as well as 4.5 million Sinovac doses and 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Philippines has so far administered over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, mostly to healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities, since the government rolled out the vaccination program on March 1.

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