After reporting a single day record in COVID-19 cases yesterday with 22,366, the Department of Health (DOH) saw 13,827 new infections today. 1,989,857 total cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic.
The DOH also recorded 118 new deaths, taking the country’s total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 33,448.
DOH also announced today that a total of 33,099,392 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered since the vaccine rollout started in March.
As of August 29, it said around 19,314,711 of the total doses were administered as first dose while the 13,784,681 were fully vaccinated.
The Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 reiterate that all COVID-19 vaccines are effective contrary to the insinuation of a former government advisor that not all vaccines are effective against COVID-19.
In a Senate hearing last August 27, the former government advisor and medical professional urged the government to procure vaccines with higher efficacy rate amidst the threat of the Delta variant. The DOH, NTF, and Senator Pia Cayetano were quick to educate the former government advisor on his statement made live during the Senate hearing.
There is a growing number of real-world evidence globally which has consistently shown that COVID-19 vaccines have led to significant reductions in hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated individuals. COVID-19 vaccines are life-saving interventions that remain highly effective against COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant.
The DOH said that healthcare professionals should be more responsible in their statements especially in the context of reported vaccine hesitancy in the country. Further, the Department urged Filipinos to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19 especially with the threat of the more transmisible Delta variant.
“We would like to remind healthcare professionals to be more mindful of their statements to the public regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Amidst an ongoing pandemic, one irresponsible statement is a fine line between life or death. COVID-19 Vaccines offer additional protection against COVID-19– vaccines save lives. I call on my fellow healthcare professionals to work together to increase vaccine confidence in the country,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
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