A European Union report of alleged blood clots in people who recently received the AstraZeneca vaccine was downplayed by the Department of Health and Food and Drugs Administration. Thus, both government agencies pushed through with the scheduled rollout of said vaccines in the country.
The European Medicine Authority current findings showed that vaccination has caused the blood clot conditions but not listed as side effects of the jab.
Hence, the DOH and FDA emphasized that there is no indication for the Philippines to stop the nationwide rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines.
The public is assured that our health authorities are closely monitoring all deployed vaccines.
Here in Ilocos Norte, several top government medical frontliners already set the example as first recipients of the AstraZeneca so that others will follow suit.
Not to mention Dr. Eliezer Asuncion, administrator of the Laoag City General Hospital, a proud AstraZeneca pioneer vaccinee.
No less than Presidential spokesman Secretary Harry Roque and Secretary Vince Dizon, Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Task Force against Covid-19 flew to Laoag City from Manila and personally joined the jab rollout in Ilocos.
Indeed, our health sector should be optimistic that in the end, no harmful and significant side effects will be experienced by those inoculated.
Let us all remain steadfast in our belief that the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh the risks. (with a report from DOH)