There are still some individuals who remain hesitant to take the COVID-19 jab. A circulating brochure on social media may not help, as it carries false information that the virus is a hoax and that vaccines are harmful to the public.
“Since nagka-pandemic… frontliner na ako until now pero never ko naisip magpabakuna. Mas safe ako na walang bakuna. Pray lang… take vit[amins] and eat healthy foods,” a Facebook user said.
“Hindi naman nakakatakot ang karayom eh, takot kami sa side effect. Kaya wait nalang muna ako after 1 to 2 years kung ano ang result ng clinical trials nila sa human body,” a Facebook user shared.
“As long as you know to boost your immune system in a natural way… [m]uch better than vaccine na ‘di sure na protektado ka.. hindi din ako papabukuna.. maybe after 2 years,” another Facebook user said.
The Department of Health (DOH) immediately disproved the brochure as inaccurate about facts related to the life-threatening virus.
In a Facebook post, the DOH clarified that vaccines underwent a strict evaluation and selection process and have been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration.
The health agency also stressed that COVID-19 is contagious and could lead to serious illness. It has been the cause of death of more than 4 million people around the world in just one and a half years.
“The Department reminds the public to always verify information found online only with legitimate sources,” its post said.
Trust ‘life-saving interventions’
The DOH last August 12 also denounced the views of Dr. Romeo Quijano, a retired professor from the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine, for claiming that vaccines are “more dangerous” than the COVID-19 itself.
“There is a growing number of real-world evidence globally which has consistently shown that COVID-19 vaccines have led to significant reductions in hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated individuals,” DOH said in a statement.
“Moreover, despite increases in COVID-19 cases in these countries, the same rate of increase is NOT seen in hospitalizations and deaths,” it added.
Data from the FDA reported that a greater majority of those who got breakthrough infections did not die and a lot more did not have to be hospitalized.
A breakthrough infection happens when a person who has been fully vaccinated becomes infected with COVID-19. Such incidents occur because there is no vaccine that is 100% effective.
As of posting time, there are now more than 16.5 million or around 15% of the country’s total population who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.