CATARMAN, Northern Samar — The COVID vaccines are safe and effective according to Dr. Rommel Francisco, the Provincial DOH Officer of Northern Samar during the PIA’s “Huruhimangraw sa Panginudto” radio program over 106.7 TJFM on March 10.

“Research to date indicates the vaccine for COVID-19 have a very good safety profile, the vaccines go through a large clinical trials to test safety and effectiveness before it is released to the public,“ said Dr. Francisco.

Dr. Francisco explained that the only way to stem the Covid surge is through vaccination that is why he encouraged the public to get vaccinated not just to protect themselves, but also the people around them.

He said the safety and quality of vaccines is one of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) highest priority, so people should not worry about the efficacy, because it is safe and effective.

As of this writing, the province received 200 single dose vials of Sinovac and 45 AstraZeneca vaccines for doctors and nurses who are assigned at the COVID wards, Emergency Room,  and Intensive Care Unit of the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (NSPH) as health care workers have high risk of exposure while on duty.

He added that before the vaccination, there will be registration, counseling, and screening.

The vaccination team also prepared a holding area at NSPH to monitor any adverse effect following immunization and a hotline number will be provided for easy contact and monitoring of individuals, Dr. Francisco said.

The possible side effects following immunization include pain, redness or swelling at the injection area which may last a few hours, as well as fever and headache.

The kick-off of the COVID-19 vaccination activity in the province will be held at 8 a.m. today at the 3rd Floor of the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital in Catarman. (ldl/tbc/PIA Northern Samar)