COVID-19 vaccination at vaccine cards para makapasok sa trabaho, hindi mandatory – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2021   •   328

MANILA, Philippines – Muling nilinaw ng Department of Health (DOH) na hindi maaaring gawing sapilitan ang pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Ginawa ng DOH ang pahayag kasunod ng hakbang ng Davao City government na gawing mandatory ang pagbabakuna sa mga empleyado ng city hall.

Sa executive order na nilagdaan ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, sakop nito ang mga volunteer, contact of service workers, plantilla at job order. Ang mga susuway sa kautusan ay maaaring maharap sa parusa.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, labag sa batas na gawing sapilitan ang pagbabakuna alinsunod sa nakasaad sa Republic Act (RA) 11525 o ang pagtatatag ng COVID-19 vaccination program ng pamahalaan.

“Hindi po natin inirerekomenda na maging mandato o obligado ang isang empleyado na bakunado siya para siya ay magkaroon ng trabaho makapasok sa kaniyang trabaho,” ani Vergeire.

Nakasaad din sa naturang batas na hindi maaaring gawing requirement sa hiring o employment purpose ng isang indibidwal ang vaccine status nito o kung meron itong hawak na vaccine card.

“Nakalagay din po sa batas na RA 11525 na ang vaccine cards shall not be considered as additional requirements for employment purposes. So maliwanag po ito sa ating batas that vaccination is not mandatory,” ani Vergeire.

Gayunman, hinihikayat naman ng kagawaran ang mga nasa priority sector na magpabakuna na para na rin sa kanilang proteksyon laban sa COVID-19.

“But of course, we highly encourage people to get vaccinated pero hindi po dapat natin gamitin ito para maging purpose o makapasok ang isang tao sa trabaho,” dagdag pa ng opisyal.

Babala ng DOH, maaaring maharap sa parusa ang sinumang lalabag sa batas pati na ang mga mamemeke ng vaccine cards. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

PH starts second phase of COVID-19 pediatric vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has commenced the second phase of the pilot implementation of the pediatric A3 COVID-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

The rollout of the campaign in the entire National Capital Region was marked by a ceremonial vaccination held at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ospital ng Paranaque and Quezon City General Hospital.

The DOH said that the vaccinations are currently being held in selected hospitals as the expansion will be conducted in phases.

The DOH, NVOC and local government units chose the vaccination sites or hospitals for the initial phases, which have the capacity to manage possible serious adverse reactions to vaccines and facilitate easy referral of patients.

The government is implementing Pediatric A3 vaccination in a phased approach in order to formulate strategies on how it will be rolled out to other regions, and possibly to regular vaccination sites, the DOH said.

“As with the vaccination process of the adults, the vaccination for children will be closely monitored to detect adverse events following immunization to ensure the safety of our young vaccine recipients,” said Health Undersecretary Tong-An during the ceremonial vaccination at Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

For phase 2, the following facilities have been added to the initial list of vaccination sites:

  • Caloocan City Medical Center (North and South)
  • Ospital ng Malabon
  • Navotas City Hospital
  • Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital
  • Marikina Sports Complex (near Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center)
  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City
  • Ospital ng Maynila
  • Ospital ng Makati
  • SM Megamall Mega Vaccination Site (near Mandaluyong City Medical Center)
  • Cardinal Santos Medical Center
  • Ospital ng Muntinlupa
  • Ospital ng Parañaque 1
  • University of Perpetual Help System Dalta
  • Pasay City General Hospital

St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City will also cater to the Municipality of Pateros, the DOH said.

The DOH reminded those covered in the Pediatric A3 Group to first secure a vaccination schedule with the hospital and bring the following documents on the day of vaccination:

  • medical certificate detailing the child’s comorbidity
  • valid IDs of both the child and the parent or guardian
  • any proof of filiation like the birth certificate

The vaccine recipient must also be accompanied by the parent or guardian at the vaccination site, it added.

Delta Plus sub-variant not yet detected in the Philippines – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Delta Plus sublineage (AY.4.2) of COVID-19 Delta variant (B.1.617.2) has not yet been detected in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DOH said its biosurveillance activities has been closely monitoring 46 sublineages of the Delta variant, and so far has not detected the AY.4.2 sub-variant.

The DOH issued the statement following reports on the increasing case of sublinage AY.4.2 in the United Kingdom (UK) and its detection in other countries.

“As of this moment, experts are still studying the potential impact of the Delta sublineage on the transmissibility and severity of COVID-19. The particular Delta sublineage has not yet been detected among the COVID-19 positive samples sequenced in the country,” the department said.

Delta variant has been listed by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern but its subtypes are not.

Health experts in the UK have earlier reported that the AY.4.2 may be 10% more transmissible than its parent variant.

The Delta Plus subtype is a mutation of the original Delta variant. Its behavior, severity, and transmission frequency are still being monitored.

But whatever the variant that may appear, the DOH stressed that mutations occur as part of the natural process of virus evolution.

It reminded the public to be vigilant and continue adhering to health protocols, adding that all COVID-19 cases should be managed similarly and as per current quarantine protocols.

“Each case must be immediately isolated and contact traced upon detection. Current evidence also showed that the presence or absence of a variant of interest or concern among cases do not dictate the appropriate clinical management,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire.

“We should always remain vigilant against COVID-19, moreso that we are safely reopening our economy,” she added.

The DOH also reminded the public that, while variants may contribute to increase or aggravate COVID-19 cases, strict and proper adherence to the minimum public health standards reduces the risk of getting exposed to COVID-19.

It also reiterated its call on the public to get vaccinated for additional protection against COVID-19.

“Our proper adherence to the minimum public health standards is still our best protection and is the best way to curb the transmission, prevent the spread of the variants and slow down the appearance of mutations,” Vergeire said.

“Getting fully-vaccinated is also another layer of protection that can help us from getting severe COVID-19,” she added.

Phase 2 ng COVID-19 pediatric vaccination, sisimulan sa Biyernes – NVOC

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Inihahanda na ng National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) ang lahat ng kailangan para sa pagsisimula ng phase 2 ng pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 na may co-morbidities.

Ayon kay Dr. Kezia Rosario ng NVOC, magsisimula ang phase 2 ng pediatric vaccination sa Biyernes, Oct. 22.

Aniya, kabilang sa mga gagawing vaccination site ang mga non-hospital facility na inirekomenda ng local government units.

“We allowed several local governments after inspection. Nag-inspect po iyong NVOC at saka iyong CHDMM [Center for Health Development Metro Manila] ‘no, ng mga vaccination sites na ito,” ani Rosario.

Sa kabuuan, magiging 23 na ang vaccination site para sa COVID-19 pediatric vaccination kabilang ang walong ospital na kasalukuyang pinagdarausan ng pagbabakuna.

“Each of the local government units naman po ng National Capital Region has already prepared ng kanilang vaccination site using iyong hospital as a vaccination site. We had din na mga LGUs due to limitation ng spaces ng hospital have negotiated with us to use several of their nearby facilities as vaccination sites,” ani Rosario.

Wala pang inilalabas na listahan ng mga gagamiting vaccination site para sa Biyernes.

May basbas ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang desisyong gawin ang pediatric vaccination sa non-hospital venue.

“I believe tama rin yung mga LGU atleast hindi congested sa mga ospital at the same time yun transmission magkakaroon tayo ng medyo small ang probability ang transmission,” ani vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng NVOC na sapat ang supply ng bakunang magagamit para sa pagbabakuna sa mga bata.

Batay sa tala ng Department of Health (DOH) as of Oct. 19, nasa 3,416 na ang bilang ng mga 12 to 17-year old na nakatanggap ng first dose ng COVID-19 vaccines.

Una nang sinabi ng DOH na apat na bata ang napaulat na nakaranas ng adverse effects pagkatapos mabakunahan gaya ng allergic reaction ngunit lahat naman ay nasa maayos na kondisyon.

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