One hundred fifty-eight health practitioners who got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine were confirmed to have suffered side effects according to Department of Health in Western Visayas.
In a virtual presser, Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, head for Infectious Diseases of DOH-WV, said that of the 158, at least 10 frontliners were monitored to have experienced serious events. But Juanico did not elaborate what exactly were the notable “serious events” that led to their hospitalization. No breakdown were also provided as to where these individuals were from and which vaccine caused the side effects.
What she assured though is that these individuals are now out of danger and were already discharged.
In a related update, Dr. Alan Tenerife, a cardio and hypertension specialist from Bacolod said that after a week since his Sinovac jab, everything is perfectly fine – no fever, body pains, headache, allergy, or other adverse effects.
He added: “My blood pressure has remained normal all throughout.”
With his positive experienced, Tenerife reassured the public that the vaccine is safe and there is no reason to fear getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We should instead be worried about the rising number of cases in the country. Getting most of the population vaccinated will be the key in ending this pandemic soon,” he added.
As of March 14, at least 13,915 healthcare workers in the region were already vaccinated, including a family of doctors from Bacolod.