Duque convinces health workers to get Sinovac vaccine

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday appealed to workers to get vaccinated using CoronaVac, ’s Sinovac vaccine, despite doubts about its quality.

The first shipment of such vaccine donated by China arrived on Sunday, and this Monday it was immediately injected into health workers and some government officials.

Duque explained that although the Sinovac vaccine is only 50 percent effective against infection, it is 100 percent effective against severe or severe COVID-19 infection.

It is the same as other such as those made by Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and .

“Hinihikayat ko po ang ating health care workers na hangga’t sa maaari po ay magpabakuna po tayo gamit ang Sinovac… Dapat lang na maniwala tayo na itong bakunang ito ay tunay na epektibo at makatutulong sa pag-iwas sa malubha o matinding COVID-19 infection,” Duque said.

What is important, he said, is to reduce the severe cases that often lead to hospitalization or death.

“Kung walang matinding COVID, walang severe COVID, walang hospitalization at walang mamamatay,” said Duque.

Dra. Lulu Bravo, executive director of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, shares the same view of the vaccine’s ability in severe COVID-19 cases.

Duque convinces health workers to get Sinovac vaccine

“What’s important is that you have high efficacy for moderate to severe COVID-19,” said Bravo.

Despite this, some health workers insisted that they did not want to be vaccinated with Sinovac.

Alliance of Health Workers national president Robert Mendoza told TeleRadyo that they should be given the vaccine with a higher efficacy rate because they are most exposed to COVID-19.

“Kami sa health workers ay hindi po kami masaya dahil itong Sinovac na ito ay hindi ito preferred ng mga health workers. Kung meron mang mas mataas na efficacy, dun tayo sa mas mataas. Kami ang sumusuong sa mga pasyente natin. Dapat ‘wag naman ito na ang sinusubo sa health workers na napakababa ng efficacy nito,” said Mendoza.
According to the latest government report, 14,819 healthcare workers in the country have been hit by COVID-19, although there are only 171 active cases.