DAVAO CITY, March 5 (PIA) - Health Secretary Francisco Duque III allayed fears that the AstraZeneca vaccines is not effective against the South African variant of the Covid-19 Virus.
He stressed the data is not enough to conclude that the AstraZeneca vaccine has a low efficacy rate against any variant.
Duque said the AstraZeneca vaccine has 100 percent efficacy rate in preventing severe to critical cases of the COVID-19 infection.
"We are after a vaccine that will guarantee lesser severe and critical cases which ensure lesser hospitalization, at kung walang maoospital, walang mamamatay," he pointed out.
Duque said based on experience, those who died from the COVID-19 infection where from severe to critical cases.
He vouched that the AstraZeneca vaccines have 100 percent in preventing severe to critical COVID-19 cases.
Duque expressed confidence that chiefs of hospitals leading the way for vaccination are enough to boost the confidence of the Filipino people to be vaccinated.
He said it is enough for hospital chiefs and directors have themselves vaccinated.
Dr. Ricardo Audan, chief of doctors at the Southern Philippines Medical Center said he personally volunteered to be vaccinated to assure his medical health workers that the vaccination is a necessity.
He said he wants to spread the good news that there is no pain with the vaccination.
Audan stressed he has been excited and has been waiting for the vaccine for almost a year.
"As a health worker you have to be responsible, and as a responsible health worker, you have to be vaccinated.
Dr. Audan was vaccinated personally by Health Secretary Francisco Duque, III while three other medical professionals namely Dr. Marie Yvette Barez, Adult Infectious Disease Specialist, Jon Rey Estuya, a medical nurse and Dr. Almira Manan comprised the first four persons to be inoculated in the first vaccine roll out in Davao Region today. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines, photo by Michael Uy)