Department of Health- Republic of the Philippines denies purchase of near-expiry medicines

 Department of Health
Department of Health

(DOH) believes it’s possible for Metro Manila to realize population protection against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by November.

Department of Health Based on the speed and scale on how we do vaccines in NCR, there’s that possibility of achieving population protection,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a web forum Monday, July 5

 

“Aside from general population in NCR 50 percent vaccinated, we must achieve a high number of jabs for senior citizens and other people with comorbidities. therein sense, we will say we’ve protected the population,” she added.

But Vergeire said this is often still hooked in to the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The average daily jabs depends on the number of supply and speed of the vaccination process,” she said.

Department of Health Vergeire also explained the “low risk” COVID classification of the country in their previous report.

“It was mentioned factually. it’s really being computed. Those risk classifications are those really beginning of things reports,” she said.

Department of Health When we are saying it’s low risk for national, we’d like to know what’s happening across the regions. it’s not just the national picture we are watching . National low risk but many regions are still under moderate,” added Vergeire.

“That’s why we are saying things is extremely fragile and that we shouldn’t be complacent during this point ,” she said.

A frontliner belonging to the A1 priority group receives a COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo from the town of San Fernando Information Office)
A frontliner belonging to the A1 priority group receives a COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo from the town of San Fernando Information Office)

Department of Health MANILA, Philippines — Vaccine recipients who missed their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine might not repeat their first dose if they will get the second shot within six months after their first jab, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

Department of Health Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the DOH met with members of its All Experts Groups last week to debate the suitable interval for 2 doses of various vaccines.

“Accordingly sinabi na rin ng ating mga eksperto, hanggang mga anim na buwan hindi mo pa rin kailangang magrepeat ng series, you’ll still give the second dose of the vaccine,” she told a web media briefing.

(Our experts have said that until six months, you’ll not repeat the series and still give the second dose of the vaccine.)

Vergeire said the vaccine experts also presented recommended intervals for various sorts of vaccine brands.

Department of Health She said that the experts, citing the United States’ Centers for Disease Control, noted that the delayed second dose of vaccines from American brands Pfizer and Moderna are often given up to 42 days after the primary shot. The prescribed interval for 2 doses of Pfizer vaccine is originally 21 days, while for Moderna, the traditional interval is 28 days.

Department of Health She said that for Sinovac, experts didn’t provide a suitable delayed interval but noted that the second dose should be provided as soon as possible if the recipient misses the prescribed interval of 28 days.

Meanwhile, the second dose of Sputnik V from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute are often given up to 90 days after the primary shot. The recommended interval for 2 jabs of Sputnik V is 21 days.

“These are the presentations of our all experts group coming from our vaccine experts,” said Vergeire.

The DOH has yet to supply the precise allowable interval for other vaccine brands.

Vergeire noted that there are valid reasons why some vaccine recipients miss on their second shot, like being sick for COVID-19 or being required to undergo quarantine.

 Department of Health
Department of Health

She said, however, that vaccine recipients should get their second dose within the recommended interval the maximum amount as possible.

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Department of Health In a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there are existing protocols and laws that might prohibit the DOH from purchasing medicines that are nearing expiration with great care these are often bought at much lower prices.

“I can say wala po kaming ganyang nabibili na mga supplies or mga gamot (I can say that we’ve not purchased that sort of supplies or medicines) because we are following the prevailing laws and policies of state ,” Vergeire said.

Vergeire noted that the DOH is required to simply accept and procure medicines with a time period of 18 to 24 months.

She said medicines, drugs, or supplies that have a time period of 12 months can only be procured in times of public health emergencies.

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