An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from the United Arab Emirates got vaccinated but still got infected with COVID-19 when he arrived in the Philippines.

Despite getting a jab, an OFW still got infected with COVID-19 when she was tested in the Philippines, the Department of Health said.

According to Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-Region 7 spokesperson, the OFW returned to the country last January 5. The said OFW got vaccinated in UAE last December 12, 20202 for the first dose, and the second dose was administered on January 2, 2021.

But the official refused to reveal the vaccine which was given to the OFW.

In line with the standard quarantine protocol and the testing procedure for returning OFWs, he underwent a COVID-19 test and it was then that he was found to be positive for the virus.

Another 5 members of his family also tested positive for the virus and they were taken into the isolation facility.

“Alam naman po natin ang isang tao kahit nabigyan na ng bakuna, hindi naman po ito garantiya na ikaw ay magkakaroon na ng immunity,” says Leche.

“Ang epekto ng bakuna ay to prevent a severe disease. Kung ikaw ay nabakunahan at magkakaroon ka man ng COVID, hindi po ikaw magiging grabe. Hindi ka ipapasok sa intensive care unit,” the DOH official said.

Amidst this, Loreche explained the positive side of getting the vaccine.

“Wala rin po siyang sintomas from the time na dumating to the time na-swab at lumabas ang resulta. Hanggang ngayon wala pong nararamdaman ang ating kababayan,” says Loreche.

She also said that no evidence ensures that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent transmission from one person to another.

“Sa mga datos ng mga bakuna natin… it can prevent severe disease, it can prevent clinical disease. Pero to prevent transmission, hindi po clear cut ‘yan kaya hindi po natin masasabi na ikaw, kung nabakunahan ka, hindi ka na makakahawa,” says Loreche.

Source : GMA 


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