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7,500 COVID-19 Vaccines Returned from Bicol Region To DOH

BICOL REGION -Seven thousand five hundred (7,500) doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were returned by the region to the central office of the Department of Health (DOH).

Currently, the vaccination program against COVID-19 is ongoing in the Philippines. The Philippines has received donated vaccines from China and other entities and the top priority are the healthcare workers.

Doctors, nurses, and other medical workers are considered as the “frontliners” in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease. Undeniably, a lot of people were initially hesitant over getting vaccinated but many health professionals moved to serve as examples to others.

Vaccines were shipped to the different regions in the country for the vaccination of the healthcare workers. In Bicol region, nearly 11,000 health workers were given the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Bicol Region DOH

However, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, 7,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were recently returned by Bicol region to the Department of Health (DOH) Central Office. It was over temperature issues.

According to Dr. Rita Ang-Bon, a coordinator of the COVID-19 Vaccine Program in Bicol, if the temperature of the vaccine is way beyond what is required, it must not be used. The requirement for AstraZeneca is +2 to +8 degrees Celsius. They temperature result of the vaccines were 100-200 degrees Celsius.

They investigated it and used another thermometer. Based on the report, they found out that it was the thermometer of the third party logistics provider that malfunctioned and the temperature of the vaccines were +2 to +8.

“Kaya lang, wala tayong information kung na-maintain yung temperature niya nung naibiyahe,” Dr. Bon expressed.

According to the doctor, if the temperature of the vaccine will not be maintained, it may lose its potency so it will be ineffective. In this case, the efforts for the vaccination may be wasted.

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