DOH to public: Get second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for full protection

Published May 9, 2021, 10:45 AM

by Analou de Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public to receive their second dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine on schedule to get the necessary protection against the viral illness.

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“Ako po ay nakikiusap sa ating mga kababayan, dinggin nyo po yung sinasabi namin (I am appealing to our countrymen to listen to what we are saying). Receiving one dose is not enough for your full protection against COVID-19. Get your second dose. Ito po ay libre (This is free),” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, the DOH said in an advisory.

“In order to acquire the full protection against the severe form of COVID-19 and avoid hospitalization, receive your second dose from your LGU as scheduled,” the DOH said.

Moreover, the DOH reminded the public that it “takes time before the immune system can build protection” against the viral illness.

“The protection of the first and second dose is not immediate as your body will need time to produce antibodies against the virus and protect you against the severe form of COVID-19,” the DOH said.

“After your second dose, it will take around two weeks or more to get the protection against COVID-19,” it added.

The DOH urged vaccine recipients to continue practicing the health protocols even after completing their two-dose regimen.

“While vaccines promise protection against the severe form of COVID-19 and hospitalization, you may still get infected with COVID-19 and therefore you may still infect other people,” the DOH said.

“This is why you must continue consistent and proper practice of preventive measures such as wearing of masks and face shields, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, ensuring there is enough airflow when inside and enclosed space, and avoiding crowds in order to significantly minimize the risk of transmission,” the DOH said.