COVID-19 Vaccine In The Philippines: How And Where To Get It?
Vaccination: it's the buzzword of the year.
The world, which is eagerly looking forward to a better, more "normal" tomorrow, has its eyes set on one thing: COVID-19 vaccines. Every day, headlines come out to bring us more and more information on the hows, the whens, and the whys. In other parts of the world—such as in Israel and in the United States—vaccine rollout has been quick and efficient. In the Philippines, the story is a little different. Amid the surge of cases, vaccines have become hard to come by. Only 2.5 million doses have arrived in the Philippines; 525,600 of which were AstraZeneca doses from the COVAX facility, and the rest from Sinovac. As the country waits for more arrivals, local government units (LGUs) wasted no time in delivering these shots to healthcare workers and seniors.
In the Philippines, most LGUs have been able to vaccinate healthcare workers, who are on the A1 prioritisation, already. Some cities, such as San Juan and Manila, have also begun inoculating A2 (senior citizens) as well. San Juan has been doing this alongside A3 prioritisation, which puts persons with comorbidity on the list of eligible receivers. At the moment, these three subgroups are the only people who are legally allowed to receive doses though hopefully, the A4 (frontline personnel in essential sectors) and A5 (indigent population) will be able to receive theirs soon too.
The B class groups include B1 (teachers and social workers), B2 (government workers), B3 ("other essential workers"), B4 ("socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and indigenous people"), B5 (OFWs), B6 (other remaining workforce). The rest of the Filipino population will be classified in the C group.
The prioritisation may still change. Government officials have been urged to elevate prioritisation for teachers, for example. Following reports of mayors line-jumping, governors and mayors in high-risk areas are also now allowed to get vaccinated.
Where To Get Vaccinated
Cities in Metro Manila and around NCR+ now have pre-registration sites for vaccines. If you would like to register, please click according to your city:
Laguna: Los Baños
- Pasig (in conjunction with Pasig Pass app)
- San Juan
- Taguig (in conjunction with Taguig Trace app)
Why Get Vaccinated?
It's understandable why some people are still hesitant to get vaccinated. However, it is important to remember that vaccines are a huge tool for us to overcome the pandemic on an individual level, as well as on a societal level.
Getting vaccinated lowers your chances of contracting the virus. This is because the vaccine helps your body familiarise itself with how to defend the body from COVID-19. This in turn could help protect you, and those around you.
Although it is possible to contract COVID-19 after getting vaccinated (since none of the vaccines offers 100% efficacy), vaccines will oftentimes alleviate symptoms so that they are milder than they would have been without the vaccine. It's also important to note that while different vaccines have differing efficacy rates, all vaccines prevent death and severe disease.