As the country aims to fast-track its inoculation program with the arrival of more vaccine doses, some potential vaccine recipients are expressing a preference to be inoculated with a particular vaccine.
However, medical experts are clear: The best vaccine is the one that is available.
“In general, meron na tayong more than 300 million vaccinated people globally, so mga nasa 1 billion doses yun na nabigay na. Wala naman tayong nakikitang malalaking events na nag-outweigh doon sa benefits ng vaccines (In general, we already vaccinated 300 million people and administered 1 billion doses. We do not see any major events that outweigh the benefits of the vaccine),” Dr. Isagani Padolina of Thermo Fisher Scientific said at the Laging Handa public briefing on Tuesday, May 11.
“Ang pinakamagandang bakuna ay yung available na maibibigay sayo. Lahat sila ay effective sa COVID-19 (The best vaccine is the one that can be given to you. They are all effective against COVID-19),” Padolina assured.
Common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Padolina noted that those who got COVID-19 vaccine only had minor adverse effects.
“Yung common adverse events na nanggagaling sa mga phase 3 clinical trials, walang unusual… Pain sa injection site, konting fever, konting nausea, sakit ng ulo, pero walang na-observe na adverse event na causative sa vaccines (The common adverse events from the phase 3 trials are nothing unusual… Pain in the injection site, slight fever, slight nausea, headache, but we didn’t observe adverse events causative from the vaccines),” he added.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Food and Drug Administration assured that common side effects of vaccines such as headache, fever, pain in the injection site, malaise, fatigue, muscle pain, and increased blood pressure are normal signs that one’s body is developing protection against the virus.
At present, those belonging to the A1 to A3 priority groups are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. These include frontline health workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities. There were also around 8,000 individuals belonging to the A4 priority or economic frontliners who were vaccinated on Labor Day last May 1.
As of May 9, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that a total of 1,957,965 Filipinos have already received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 451,270 more had been given their second dose.