DOH reminder: Covid-19 vaccine ‘not a magic pill’

People still need to wear masks and face shields after being vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

She said, “We want to remind our people that the Covid-19 vaccine is not a magic pill. We still don’t have sufficient evidence to have that assurance that [people] won’t get infected [after being vaccinated].”

She added, “What we are seeing so far are evidence of less chances of having full-blown diseases, of needing hospitalization, and of dying.”

Vergeire also said the period of immunity to the new coronavirus after vaccination had not been established.

She noted, “It is still unknown how long the immunity provided by the vaccines can provide will last.”

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to the Pfizer vaccine. It is reviewing the applications of the UK’s AstraZeneca, Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute, Sinovac Biotech of China and Bharat Biotech of India.


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