THE DEATH of a midwife from Covid-19 has nothing to do with her vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH) in Manila reported based on evidence it gathered.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterated Covid-19 vaccines cannot cause infection of the disease and that in the case of the midwife, there was no evidence of any link, the Philstar.com reported.
“We are aware of the unfortunate situation. As of present, there is no reason to believe that this incident was caused by the vaccine,” Vergeire said.
The rural health municipal midwife, identified as Elvira Estera of San Mateo in Isabela succumbed to Covid-19, 13 days after she was vaccinated. Reportedly, she tested positive for the virus after receiving the first dose.
Vergeire noted the regional and the national “adverse event following immunisation” (AEFI) is currently conducting a “comprehensive causality assessment” of all adverse events that resulted from vaccination.
“Evidence shows that the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination continue to outweigh the risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19,” she added.
Meanwhile, the DOH reiterated its advice to those included in the priority list to get their vaccines.
“We recognise that many people are eager to be vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones against Covid-19. It is important to honour the priority groups in the rollout of vaccines throughout the country,” the DOH said in a statement.
“Vaccination sites are reminded to conduct thorough symptom and exposure screening,” it added.
“Potential recipients of the vaccine are also called on to be fully transparent when being assessed for history of exposure to Covid-19 – this is for your protection,” the DOH added.
The DOH stressed that even after a person gets his first dose, it would take about three weeks before he or she gets partial protection. It also maintained that even after completing the vaccination, a person may still be contagious to others.