The treatment of those who will experience adverse reactions after receiving a vaccine against COVID-19 will be shouldered by the government, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that a committee will be created to monitor possible adverse reactions related to COVID-19 vaccination.
“Ito po ay kasama doon sa programa natin and sa katunayan ngayon po meron tayong National Adverse Effect Following Immunization Committee… ito po ang magmomonitor para makita natin talaga kung ito bang mga adverse reactions ay dahil talaga sa bakuna o may iba pang factor kung bakit ho sila nagkaroon ng ganitong reaction [This is included in our program, and in fact, we have the National Adverse Effect Following Immunization Committee that will monitor so that we can really see if these adverse reactions are really due to the vaccine or if there is another factor why they developed such a reaction],” said Vergeire during a public press briefing.
“Mayroon na pong naihanda ang ating gobyerno itong tinatawag na mga benepisyo o kaya ay mga pagsagot dito sa paggamot ng ating mga kababayan na magkakaroon ng mga ganitong reaksyon sa bakuna [Our government has already prepared these so-called benefits or to shoulder the treatment of our countrymen who will have adverse reactions to the vaccine],” she added.
Vergeire said that only COVID-19 vaccines that will undergo the stringent evaluation of the Philippine health regulators will be procured by the government.
“Kung ano lang po yung mabibigyan ng emergency use authority ng Food and Drug Administration: ibig sabihin kung ano po yung dumaan sa ating regulatory process at naaprubahan po, ayun po ang bibilhin ng ating gobyerno [The government will only buy vaccines that will be able to secure an emergency use authority from the Food and Drug Administration, meaning they have undergone regulatory processes and were approved (for use by the FDA)],” said Vergeire.
She said the DOH is continuously preparing for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
“Kailangan ihanda yung ating distribution system, storage system, at yung ating mismong vaccination kung paano gagawin. Lahat po ito hinahanda na [We need to prepare our distribution system, storage system, and how the vaccination will be done. Everything is being prepared],” she said.