- COVID 19 PH Resource Center
COVID 19 PH Resource Center
This page provides a collection of useful information every Filipino needs to know about COVID-19 — symptoms, prevention, homecare tips and treatments, vaccines, and frequently asked questions.
COVID-19 Resources for Filipinos
Be in the know when it comes to local government units (LGUs) vaccination programs, available COVID-19 tests, and medical institutions providing telemedicine services in case you or someone you know needs medical attention.
What are COVID-19 Vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines contain parts of SARS-CoV 2 (the virus causing COVID-19) which trigger an immune response in the body that creates protective proteins (antibodies) against the virus. It's an added layer of protection that prevents a person from developing severe disease and reduces the risk of transmission.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2) that can bring mild to critical breathing problems and affect the upper and lower part of the respiratory tract. The Philippines first case of COVID-19-positive patient , who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China (where the virus first broke out), was confirmed on January 21, 2020.
As of this writing, there have been a total of 1,372,232 cases in the Philippines, with over 23,000 deaths.
COVID-19 Home Treatment
As soon as you are eligible to get the shot, you should get vaccinated to protect yourself and others against the virus. All vaccines that are currently being used can prevent severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.
The most common side effects of vaccination include pain and tenderness in the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. These symptoms should go away 2-3 days after getting vaccinated. Consult with a healthcare professional if you experience severe, persistent or worsening symptoms
The best vaccine for you is the vaccine you can get as soon as possible. As soon as you take the shot and complete the required dose, you prevent yourself from severe illness caused by the coronavirus. Delaying your vaccination might only leave you and others with a high risk of contracting COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines cleared for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) are considered safe and effective.
Theoretically COVID-19 vaccines are safe. The age recommendations for each vaccine are based on the studies that vaccine companies provide to the FDA. Sinovac can be given to healthy individuals aged 18–59 years old, while AstraZeneca can be administered to those who are 18 years old and above, including senior citizens. Recently, Pfizer has been cleared to be administered to children aged 12–15 years old. Vaccine companies conduct ongoing studies that look at the safety and effectivity of their vaccines across different age groups.
Like all other vaccines, there are risks for complications, but severe or life-threatening reactions are extremely rare. The benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks.
No vaccine is 100% effective. The vaccine will dramatically reduce the risk of infection, but it is still possible to get infected. Thus it is important to still follow the minimum health protocols.
Yes, you should get vaccinated whether or not you have had COVID-19. This is because it's not certain how long the natural antibody can protect you from reinfection after recovering from the disease. For patients who have had COVID-19, the vaccination will further boost your immune response to the virus.