A total of 7,469 of the 240,297 health workers who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country reported getting adverse reactions.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo said on Thursday the 7,469 represents only 3.11 percent of the health workers vaccinated in the country so far.
When it came to the brand of vaccine used, 2.21 percent of those who were inoculated with China’s Sinovac vaccine reported having adverse effects.
Domingo said 5.19 percent of those who were given the Covid-19 vaccine form AstraZeneca reported experiencing adverse effects following immunization (AEFI).
“This is of course within the expected number of AEFIs. In the clinical studies, the AEFI-seeking is more active like 20 percent, 30 percent of people getting vaccinated feel something, some mild irritation, some mild pain or up to severe adverse events,” Domingo said in an online briefing partly in Filipino.
“The 2.21 percent from Sinovac and 5.19 percent from AstraZeneca were expected,” he added noting that there has been no observed clustering of AEFIs or unusual events.
So far, however, one health worker has died from after being vaccinated for Covid-19 but the Department of Health clarified this was not caused by the vaccine itself. SOVEREINGNPH