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The new variant of the virus is said to be more dangerous, leading many Filipinos to question whether being fully vaccinated is enough to fight against Delta virus.
Dr. Ana Ong-Lim, a member of the DOH Technical Advisory Group and a pediatric infectious disease expert, answered some questions of the majority regarding vaccination and its impact in an interview with TeleRadyo Wednesday, July 21.
According to Lim, based on the data from the experience of various countries, any vaccine against Delta can still help.
She also answered that a patient with Covid would be less likely to become seriously ill or die if he was vaccinated.
“Hindi naman ipinapangako ng bakuna na hindi tayo mahahawahan o makapanghawa so therefore nandoon pa rin dapat ang pag-iingat,” Lim noted.
Moreover, she clarified that the effect of the vaccine depends on the adaptation of the human body because not everything that happens to the body after vaccination is the vaccine’s fault. There may be many reasons for how a person feels after vaccination so it is better to report and get checked.
“Pwede namang nagkataon nahawahan ka doon sa pagko-commute mo papunta sa vaccination center, sa paghihintay, o kahit nung nakauwi ka na.”
“Pwedeng-pwede na iba talaga ang pinagmulan ng nararamdaman mo. Dahil nga maulan ngayon baka dengue pa yan lalo na kung nilalagnat at sakit ng katawan ang nararamdaman,” Lim explained.
Lim also answered queries regarding vaccination in an interview with TeleRadyo on Tuesday:
There have been discussions for the country to consider providing booster shots just like in Indonesia. But so far, it is encouraged and recommended to get the two doses of vaccine and there is not yet any recommendation on giving a booster of any brand.
Countries not accepting people vaccinated with Sinovac
“Ang ating regulations are really very dependent on health authorities ng bawat bansa. Nasa kanila talaga yung pagdedesisyon kung alin ang tatanggapin nila o hindi,” Lim explained.
Delta variant detection in swab test
Delta virus is not detected in swab tests, as it requires genome sequencing. In addition, not all positive cases are sequenced. If a person tests positive on normal PCR and there is enough amount of virus on the swab, then they will undergo genome sequencing.
Lim also noted that more samples are taken in areas where the virus has spread rapidly, in specific patients with rapid disease progression, or even in those who have been vaccinated but still caught the disease.
Vaccination for pregnant women
Pregnant women can still be vaccinated but with precaution, since there is limited data regarding the subject.
Moreover, according to Lim, vaccination of pregnant women is usually scheduled in the second or third trimester. This is to avoid doubts regarding the effects of the vaccine on the pregnancy.
Contributed by Jesery Therese Kasaysayan