Persons with heart diseases, hypertension should get COVID-19 vaccine, PHA head says

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021   •   252

MANILA, Philippines – An official from the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) on Wednesday urged individuals with hypertension and cardiovascular diseases to getting immunized against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

During the Laging Handa press briefing, PHA president Dr. Orly Bugarin said there is currently no evidence to show that COVID-19 vaccines are harmful to persons with hypertension and heart diseases.

“Sa ngayon, wala pa matibay na ebidensiya na nagsasabing ang pagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19 ay may masamang epekto sa mga pasyente o mga may high blood,” he said.

“Talagang ini-encourage pa rin naming ang ating mga kababayan na pwede kayong magpabakuna kahit kayo ay may hypertension o mga tinatawag na cardiovascular diseases,” he added.

Health experts, however, advised people with hypertension or heart diseases to prepare themselves a few weeks before getting a COVID-19 jab.

Bugarin said patients should make sure to take their regular medicines at least two weeks before getting administered with the vaccine.

He explained that some patients may experience high blood pressure before they get vaccinated due to nervousness.

“Ang nakikita lang po naming epekto [ng vaccine] siguro is yung nerbiyos nila, kinakabahan po sila bago magpabakuna o kaya hindi po sila compliant, hindi umiinom ng gamot kaya po tumataas ang kanilang blood pressure,” he said.

Patients who have a blood pressure of 180/120 and are exhibiting symptoms of their heart conditions should be examined prior to vaccination, Bugarin said.

In the same briefing, Dr. Alejandro Diaz, a neurologist from St. Luke’s Medical Center, also advised patients to bring with them their medicines just in case their blood pressure shoots up on the day of their vaccination.

“Usually two to four weeks [before vaccination], sinisiguro nila na tini-take ang medications to see to it na ang blood pressure nila ay nasa 130/80 and below, para controlled. On the day of vaccination, dapat may baon rin silang gamot,” Diaz said.

“Kapag ang blood pressure is 180/120 and above, teka muna. Hindi ka muna lalagyan [ng bakuna] paiinumin ka ng gamot, relax ka muna pero hindi ka dapat pauuwiin,” he added.

Diaz also advised patients to refrain from drinking coffee, smoking, taking pain relievers and medicines for colds before their vaccination to manage their blood pressure.

“Iwasan uminom ng para sa sipon, mga cold remedies kasi yung cold remedies, pwedeng magpataas ng blood pressure. Iwasang magkape during that morning na magpapabakuna kayo,” he said.

“Iwasan niyong mag-take ng pain relievers. Siguraduihin ninyong bago kayo magpakuha ng blood pressure before your vaccination, naka-jingle na kayo o nakapag-CR muna kayo, dahil kung puno ang pantog niyo ay tataas din ang blood pressure niyo,” he added.

Persons with co-morbidities belong to the A3 sector of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination priority list.

The national government said that as of April 13, a total of 1,052,624 Filipinos have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 151,059 were already administered with the second dose.

Umano’y nasayang na supply ng COVID-19 vaccine sa Cotabato, iniimbestigahan na — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Iniimbestigahan na ng Department of Health (DOH) ang napaulat na pagkasayang umano ng supply ng COVID-19 vaccine na ipinadala sa bayan ng Makilala sa Cotabato.

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, nasa 348 doses ng Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines ang umano’y nasayang matapos mapabayaan sa loob ng freezer nang magkaroon ng power outage sa lugar.

Paalala naman ng kagawaran sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na bantayang maigi ang kanilang COVID-19 vaccine supply upang matiyak ang wastong temperature sa pag-iimbak nito.

“Hindi lang po isang beses isang araw ang ginagawang pagmo-monitor ng temperatura ng bakuna. Ito po ay ginagawa kada apat na oras,” ani Vergeire.

Nakipag-ugnayan na aniya sila sa lokal na pamahalaan kaugnay ng insidente.

“As to the sanctions, they were already advised and the local government has been coordinated with by our regional Office,” ang wika ni Vergeire. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

IATF upgrades mayors, governors in COVID-19 vaccination priority list

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has included mayors and governors in the top priority group for the government’s COVID-19 vaccination.

Under Resolution No. 115-B approved on Monday, the IATF said all governors and mayors or all local chief executives will now be among the priority group A1.5 for vaccination, “regardless of the risk classification of their respective local government units (LGU).

The country has around 1,634 provincial governors and city and municipal mayors.  They were previously under the fourth sector (A4 category) composed of essential workers.

The first sector includes healthcare workers, the second priority group is composed of senior citizens while the third sector includes persons with co-morbidities.

The Philippines has so far administered over two million vaccine doses since the government rolled out its immunization program on March 1.

Phl logs 5,790 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 1,143,963

Maris Federez   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday confirmed that the Philippines has recorded 5,790 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the active cases to 54,904.

This means that the country has recorded a total of 1,143, 963 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, 4 pm.

The DOH also reported 7,541 new recoveries. This has brought the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the viral infection to 1,069,868.

The health department also logged 140 more deaths from the fatal disease,  DOHbringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 19,191.

The DOH said the low number of new cases was due to the low testing output of laboratories on May 14.

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