On the first day of the national vaccination program rollout on Monday, 756 persons, mostly healthcare workers, have been inoculated with the first dose of CoronaVac vaccine and 20 reporting minor adverse reactions.
In a Laging Handa briefing Tuesday, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said of the total, only 20 individualsexperienced adverse reactions but were treated and able to go home on the same day.
“Among the 20 individuals, they had minor and common symptoms after injection. There are those who experienced pain in their arm after the injection, there was one who experienced itchiness or rashes. There was another who experienced a headache after. One experienced nausea. And the others experienced hypertension,” Vergeire said.
To ensure that those with immediate reactions to the vaccine are treated, she said health institutions administering these vaccines follow a specific process which includes monitoring those vaccinated for 30 minutes on site after the immunization shot and advising them to monitor their health at home.
“Babantayan po natin silang lahat, hindi lang po (We will monitor them all, not only during) post-vaccination, but we will also monitor them for one year kasi alam po natin (because we know) that these vaccines are still under development,” Vergeire said.
To avoid adverse reactions to the vaccine, she advised a good night’s rest, eating breakfast, and relaxation before inoculation.
“We understand the public that they get anxious or they have this fear of side effects before inoculation. That’s why we tell them to get ready before getting vaccinated,” Vergeire said.
Of the 756 individuals who received their first shot of CoronaVac, she said more than 500 were vaccinated in different hospitals for uniformed services such as the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center, V. Luna General Hospital, and the PNP General Hospital in Metro Manila while the rest were vaccinated in public hospitals. SOVEREIGNPH