A 54-YEAR-OLD man from Caloocan City suffered a stroke after vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), but the Department of Health (DOH) said it was not caused by the vaccine.
In a statement Saturday, April 10, 2021, the DOH said the causality assessment conducted by the Regional Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee (RAEFIC) showed that “the adverse event is inconsistent with the causal association to the vaccine, and the adverse event is coincidental to underlying or emerging conditions of the patient.”
The DOH statement did not specify the vaccine that was used, but cited a social media post on April 8 about the serious adverse event case.
The DOH said the National AEFIC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concurred with the Regional AEFIC’s findings.
It reminded vaccination teams to strictly follow screening protocols in the assessment of potential vaccine recipients.
At the same time, the DOH called on the public to fully disclose their underlying conditions during registration for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The DOH and FDA strongly emphasized that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing the severe form of Covid-19.
Aside from health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities are also eligible to receive the vaccine. (SunStar Philippines from PR)