The Department of Health (DOH) has clarified how an individual who has been injected with complete doses of COVID-19 vaccine can be considered fully vaccinated.
DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said, just because the doses are done does not mean you get the full benefit of the vaccine right away.
“Pag nakuha niyo na po ‘yung second dose niyo, hindi po kinabukasan ay lalabas na kayo kasi para ma-define na fully vaccinated, you need to wait at least 2 weeks after the second dose for you to have that potential of the vaccine and say that you can be protected nitong bakuna na ibinigay sa inyo,” the official explained.
He said there is not enough evidence that vaccines can prevent the spread or transmission of the virus, so it is still possible to infect or get infected even if fully vaccinated.
So authorities remind the public to be still careful and adhere to health protocols.
When can an individual be considered fully vaccinated?
“Alam naman po natin, hindi pa ganoon kadami ang ating supply. Ito (vaccinating A5) naman ay allowed na, pero it will depend on the supply (We know that the supply is insufficient. This is allowed, but it will depend on the supply),” she said in a briefing.
“So if local governments, nakikita nila na kaya na base sa kanilang allocations, then they can do it naman because guidelines are there, [the WHO] pronouncement is there, wala po tayong iva-violate,” she added.
(If local governments see that they can vaccinate the A5 based on their allocations, then they can do it because guidelines are there, [the WHO] pronouncement is there, we are not violating anything.)