The number of infected by the COVID 19 virus has been constantly increasing and are you going to become part of the count? More Filipinos are at risk from losing their jobs causing more uncertainty on how we can still improve the worsening impact to our economy and even to our mental health.
The benefits of immunization outweighs the fears about undesirable side-effects and potential adverse reactions. It is strongly recommended to patients who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes, kidney or heart disorders, and this is the best time to consult physicians as COVID 19 is a virus that can only be dealt by medical science.
The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) supports the global and national efforts for COVID 19 vaccination, particularly in prioritizing the population who are at risk of getting the infection as they can easily succumb to harsh realities against their health and to their own families or communities and livelihood.
PCP has taken its medical campaign to digital, hosting series of webinar and virtual events. PCP also tapped the internet for announcements and medically-sourced information and education dissemination related to Covid 19 vaccines.
As of now, there are vaccination programs being rolled out by national and local government units where registration is asked to those who are interested, however, we still have to address misinformation about the vaccine.
Facts about the COVID 19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines that are granted with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are considered safe and effective based on the available evidence to date. The vaccines that are being administered today in the Philippines are the same efficacious brands used by other countries as well.
The Department of Health promotes BIDA (Bawal walang mask, I-sanitize ang mga kamay, Dumistansya ng isang metrong layo, Alamin ang tamang impormasyon) steps and adherence to the minimum public health standards, vaccination is an important way to protect yourself from getting severe COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The PCP is an affiliate society of the Philippine Medical Association and a member-society of the International Society of Internal Medicine. The College has a total of 9,111 members composed of Fellows, Diplomates and Members. The title of Diplomate in Internal Medicine is awarded by the PCP to an internist who has fulfilled all the requirements set by the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine which administers the certifying examinations annually. The title of Fellow is awarded to a Diplomate in Internal Medicine who has fulfilled the requirements for membership as Fellow in the PCP. Thus, an internist who has satisfactorily passed and fulfilled the requirements of the PCP and having been certified as such, may carry the title Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Fellow of the PCP (FPCP).