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Will Dengvaxia Controversy Affect Acceptance Of COVID-19 Vaccines In The PH?

DENGVAXIA CONTROVERSY AMID PANDEMIC – According to a health reform advocate, the government must campaign for vaccination programs as the past Dengvaxia scare may affect vaccine distributions for COVID-19.

Currently, there have been two promising candidates for the coronavirus vaccine – Pfizer and Moderna. Both pharmaceutical companies claimed their vaccines had a success rate of 95% with no health-related side effects.

Will Dengvaxia Controversy Affect COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

However, due to the past experiences Filipinos had with the Dengvaxia vaccine, the distribution may not be as smooth. Based on an article from ABS-CBN, Dr. Tony Leachon, former medical adviser for the Inter-agency Task Force said:

Nanggaling ang takot na ‘yan sa sad story natin sa Dengvaxia fiasco. ‘Yun minadali, safety issue ‘yun. Hindi dumaan sa medical community, diretso sa DepEd

Recently, the Social Weather Station (SWS) conducted a survey revealing that only 66% of adult Filipinos were okay with getting vaccinated versus COVID-19. Meanwhile, 33% of those who took the survey would rather not.

As per the article, Lechon emphasized that 33% is still a large number of Filipinos who don’t want to get vaccinated. Because of this, he urged the government to put more effort into campaigns to promote vaccination.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health initially planned to vaccinate around 20 percent of the Philippines’ population. However, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the government also had plans to increase the number to 50 or 60%.

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