The controversial Dengvaxia vaccine against dengue virus was available (for an unknown period) at the Laoag City General Hospital but the residents here ignored it because of its costly price.
Dr. Francis Dacuycuy, LCGH chief, said nobody availed of the Dengvaxia probably because it costs P3,000 per injection and it needs three shots to complete the required dosage.
It was learned that the city government is thankful that no single Laoageno got vaccinated with Dengvaxia amid the allegation that the questionable vaccine is now tagged as the alleged culprit behind the ailments of many schoolchildren who got the Dengvaxia shots in the country’s several regions.
As this developed, Dr. Dacuycuy said City Mayor Chevylle Farinas had directed him to return all Dengvaxia vaccine under the custody of LCGH to its company supplier Sanofi Pasteur.
It’s good that the city government has not yet paid the vaccine valued at P150,000, he added. (tri-media report)