Vaccine prevents serious COVID infection—Iloilo health official

Published August 30, 2021, 2:00 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Majority of vaccinated persons who were still infected with COVID-19 in Iloilo province did not have serious symptoms.

“Vaccines do help in preventing serious COVID cases,” said Dr. Ma. Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, chief of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office.

Based on August 25 data, at least 1,124 vaccinated persons are among the in the province’s 42 towns and component city of Passi tested positive for COVID-19.

A health worker prepares to inject a COVID-19 vaccine for Iloilo provincial government workers. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

Of the 1,124 cases COVID-19 infections among the vaccinated persons, 695 or 61.83 percent of the cases only had minor symptoms such as flu-like symptoms. Another 422 or 37.54 percent were asymptomatic.

Seven vaccinated persons or 0.62 percent are considered serious cases with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

Six persons who were vaccinated also died. That comprises of 0.03 percent of the more than 21,441 cases recorded since the pandemic began last year.

“But it should be known that those vaccinated persons who died already had existing medical conditions,” Quiñon emphasized.

Data also showed that majority of vaccinated persons who were infected did not have to be hospitalized. At least 619 persons or 55 percent were under home quarantined while 142 persons or 13 percent were in quarantine facilities. Only 55 persons or five percent were admitted to hospitals.