Immune response, not where it’s injected, key to vaccine efficacy — DOH

Published January 27, 2021, 3:35 PM

by Analou de Vera

The COVID-19 vaccine will produce the same protection against the disease if it is injected either in the upper arm or buttocks, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

This was emphasized by DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III following the recent pronouncement of Malacanang that President Duterte will be receiving the COVID-19 shot in private and will be injected in his rear.

“Well, ang importanteng katanungan yun bang epekto ng bakuna magiging pareho kung ituturok mo sa braso o dito sa may buttocks. Pareho lang po ang magiging epekto nyan dahil ayan naman po ang kanya pong inilikha is the immune response [Well, the important question is whether the effect of the vaccine will be the same if you inject it in the arm or in the buttocks. It will have the same effect because it will make an immune response],” said Duque.

However, vaccines are normally being injected in the arm, said Duque.

“Pero syempre ang protocol natin usually dito (arm) para mas mabilis ang bakunahan [But of course our protocol is usually here (at the arm) for faster vaccination],” he said.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that it is possible to administer the vaccine in other parts of the body if the muscle mass in the arm is not adequate.

“Halimbawa ang kanyang deltoid area ay masyado na siyang emaciated, payat na payat na…binibigay natin sa ibang parte ng katawan katulad ng ibang parte na muscular [For example, the deltoid area is very emaciated, very thin… we give it to the other muscular part of the body],” said Vergeire.

“Pwede sa anterolateral thigh o sa pwet, binibigay din po iyan sa upper part of the body. Maaaring humanap ng pwedeng pagsaksakan kung sakaling may indikasyon naman na hindi pwedeng sa kanyang braso ibigay [It can be injected into the anterolateral thigh, buttocks, or the upper part of the body. You can inject it in other body parts if there is an indication that it cannot be injected in the arm],” she added.

 
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