All the 5 doctors assigned in the City Health Office led by Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla and key nurses conducted today the Vaccination Simulation Activity in preparation for the actual COVID-19 vaccination of frontliners tomorrow.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that in line with the guidelines of the Department of Health the COVID-19 frontliners of the city are on top of the priority list to be vaccinated.
Dr. Talla said that the administration of the vaccine follows 5 steps:
1. Registration of the frontliner to be vaccinated
2. Pre-vaccination counseling and final consent after question and answer about the vaccine and possible side effects
3. Screening that includes conduct of medical history and physical examination
4. Vaccination proper and the details of the immunization card are encoded and given to the vaccinee
5. Post-vaccination monitoring, surveillance and recording to include observation of the vaccinee for 1 hour, monitoring of vital signs every 15 minutes, response and give first aid to patients with Adverse Events Following Immunization or refer to hospital if required
DOH describes Adverse Events as follows:
a. You may experience some side effects, similar to having the flu but this should go away in a few days. Don’t worry; this is a normal sign that your body is building protection. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal but do contact your health care provider if the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.
It is important that you report to the health authorities so experts can study whether the adverse event was indeed a result of vaccination or a mere coincidence. We don’t want to worry the public unnecessarily.
b. Also, with most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two (2) shots in order for you to get the promised protection. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless your healthcare provider tells you not to get a second shot.