The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) reports 50 percent of the country’s recipients of the first dose of coronavirus vaccines have not returned for their second shot.
According to IATF data analyst and epidemiologist John Wong,
a total of 2.1 million individuals who have received their first shot of the vaccine “should have come back by now for their second dose.”
Only half has returned he says.
MANILA — IATF expert John Wong is worried that half of the 3,101,559 million individuals, the IATF data shows, who received their first shot of coronavirus vaccine would miss out on their second shot. The IATF data covers the vaccination schedule from 01 March to 29 May.
“Maybe about half of the people who have taken their first dose are missing out on their second dose, so we have to follow up on these people,” he says in a town hall session organized by the Department of Health (DOH).
About 1.07 million or about half of the 2.1 million who should have completed their two-dose vaccination have returned to vaccination sites to date, says Wong.
IATF officials have yet to determine why some failed to get their second jab.
The country provides a portfolio of four vaccine brands, each administered in two doses: CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNtech, and Sputnik V by Gamaleya Research Institute.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire points out the importance of completing the two-dose vaccination for full protection against COVID-19.
“All our experts are saying that the first dose is really not enough. You need to get your second dose because it provides you with maximum protection of the vaccine,” she says. Those who missed their scheduled second dose may proceed to their vaccination sites to get inoculated again. (BG/Headline PH)