20 health workers from VMMC develop rashes, other symptoms after vaccination

20 health workers from VMMC develop rashes, other symptoms after vaccination

- Health workers from Veterans Memorial Medical Center report they develop rashes and other symptoms after undergoing vaccination

- The health department disclosed they recorded about 20 out of 365 health workers who experienced various types of symptoms after they were vaccinated

- DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the side effects felt by the health workers are minor and would often go away after a few hours

- The DOH explained that typical side effects of vaccines include fever, diarrhea, weakness or fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain

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Several health workers from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City develop rashes and experienced dizziness after receiving a jab of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Other symptoms felt by affected medical personnel include feeling pain in the injected area and elevated blood pressure.

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VMMC health workers develop rashes, other symptoms after vaccination
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In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, March 2, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire revealed that their department recorded around 20 out of 365 health workers who developed side effects from the vaccine.

“As of 9:00 this morning, we had a total of 20 adverse events following immunization, dito po sa iba’t ibang hospital na nagsagawa ng bakunahan,” Vergeire said during the briefing.

The undersecretary said that these are minor and common indicators that could occur after getting vaccinated. She added that the symptoms typically go away after a few hours.

According to the DOH, other symptoms that newly-vaccinated individuals could feel include headaches, weakness or fatigue, fever, muscle pain, and diarrhea. However, not all might experience the same type of symptoms and there are also instances when a person may not feel any symptoms or side effects at all.

The DOH explained that health personnel first examine the medical history of those who sign up for vaccination. They also ask if those who want to be vaccinated are taking maintenance medication.

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Vergeire previously reiterated the need for a medical assessment of those who wanted to get vaccinated against the COVID-19. She also said that patients have to secure their doctor’s certification to see whether they suffer allergic reactions to food, certain types of medications, or any type of vaccine before signing up for vaccination.

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Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Philippines from China in the afternoon of February 28, 2021. Before its arrival, the Department of Health already sent out information that some of those who undergo vaccination may experience various types of side effects.

The health department said possible side effects could include redness, pain, itchiness or swelling at the area injected, fever, dizziness, nausea, weakness or fatigue, and headache. The advisory also asked patients to consult with the nearest medical professional if they experience any of the symptoms or side effects.

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Aside from the reported symptoms experienced by VMMC health workers, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. also revealed that he experienced mild side effects after he received the Sinovac vaccine. Galvez received the shot publicly on the first day of the vaccine rollout in Makati. He spoke at the continuation of the rollout and revealed that he experienced "sipon" and assured the public that he did not experience any adverse effect.

In another news, the head of the European Union's disease control agency stated that there is a possibility that the novel coronavirus could last for a long time despite a global vaccine rollout that is currently taking place. It revealed that the virus seemed to be well-adapted to humans, which means that the vaccine may have to be tweaked every now and then.

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