Health experts locally and abroad have reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated as an additional layer of protection against COVID-19. It’s important to complete the required two doses for maximum protection.
The Department of Health (DOH) further emphasized the need to continuously enforce strict border control measures and intensify local COVID-19 responses with the local transmission of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant in the Philippines.
Following the phylogenetic analysis conducted by the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center, and case investigation by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and the regional and local epidemiology and surveillance units, clusters of Delta variant cases were seen to be linked to other local cases, therefore, exhibiting local transmission.
Upon detection of local cases with the Delta variant, the DOH explained that the government has initiated enhanced COVID-19 response in areas where Delta variant cases were detected through the implementation of the four-door strategy.
Both the national and local governments have been continuously working together to prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and re-integrate response strategies and increase the country’s health system capacity to be able to manage cases.
The government is also preparing for enough supplies of COVID-19 medicines, oxygen tanks, and critical care equipment in hospitals and the augmentation of human resources.
Moreover, the public is advised to avoid unnecessary travels and gatherings.
DOH urges LGUs to shorten the duration of case detection to isolation and immediately isolate symptomatic patients, and ramp up their vaccination and prioritize the senior citizens and people with underlying conditions.
Being vaccinated as an additional layer of protection
It was previously reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that out of 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, as of June 20, only 0.6% reported reactions and no hospitalization and deaths due to COVID 19 were observed after more than 14 days of getting the second dose.
The performance of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as initially reported by the FDA supports the results of the clinical trials and real-world data reported by several countries that vaccines prevent hospitalization and deaths. Health experts locally and abroad have reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated as an additional layer of protection against COVID-19.
The DOH and FDA emphasized the importance of completing the required two (2) doses, as maximum protection sets in two (2) weeks after getting the second dose.
659,029 was the highest number of jabs in a day recorded last July 27, 2021.
DOH and FDA remind the public to not let their guards down — continue practicing the minimum public health standards, adhere to safety protocols, and encourage one another to register and get their vaccines as soon as possible.
The DOH further calls on everyone to work together to beat the COVID-19 pandemic.
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