Duque says he is looking forward to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine

  • Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that he will be getting the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Unlike the Sinovac, AstraZeneca can be given to senior citizens like Duque and those with preexisting medical conditions
  • Based on Sinovac’s trials, it could trigger immune response for older participants

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III revealed that with the arrival of AstraZeneca’s vaccines, he is now ready to get vaccinated.

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According to Duque, senior citizens like him can finally be inoculated now that the AstraZeneca vaccines are already in the country. In a forum at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, the country’s top health official said AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine could be used for senior citizens like him.

“Ang maganda po naman sa AstraZeneca ay siya po ay puwedeng gamitin sa 60 years old and above,” Duque said.

The official who just turned 64 years old last February admitted he is now looking forward to getting the vaccine.

“At ang sagot ko sa katanungan ni spox ay magpapabakuna na rin po ako ng AstraZeneca dahil bilang isang doctor na nagbabakuna din at humaharap sa mga pasyente at nag-iinspect ng mga healthcare facilities, mga hospital, mga temporary treatment and monitoring facilities ay atin pong pinupuntahan sa bawat pagkakataon na kinakailangan tayo bumisita,” Duque added.

Unlike China’s Sinovac vaccine, AstraZeneca doses can be administered to the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. However, it is not yet recommended to those below the age of 18.

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On the other hand, Sinovac might pose a risk to the elderlies as its Phase I and II trials in China showed that the vaccine could safely trigger immune response for older participants. The manufacturer expressed caution that data for the protection rate among people aged 60 and above was “limited.”

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed the arrival of the 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility.