COVID-19 vaccines: What older Filipinos need to know

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By JEROME DE LA FUENTE
May 27, 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are now available!
    
They are safe, effective, and accessible at  hundreds of sites around the country . We urge all older Filipinos to get vaccinated.
    
Why is it important for older adults to get vaccinated   against COVID-19?
    
While anyone can get sick from COVID-19, the risk of severe illness increases with age. Severe illness from COVID-19 may lead to hospitalization, intensive care, use of a ventilator or death. Certain underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease, also increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
    
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and do they work?
    
Yes. Scientists built off of decades of research for other vaccines when developing the COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines went through large clinical studies involving tens of thousands of people of different ages, races and ethnicities. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccines.
    
In clinical studies, all three vaccines were found to be very safe and effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.
    
Are there side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines?
    
Most people report mild to moderate side effects, including  soreness in the arm, headache, body aches, tiredness and fever.
    
Side effects usually go away within two to three days and are less common in older adults. Call your health care provider if you have side effects that concern you or do not go away after a few days, or if the redness or soreness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours.
    
Do I need the COVID-19 vaccine if I got the flu vaccine?
    
Yes. The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. Since older adults are at increased risk of complications from both the flu and COVID-19, they should get both vaccines.
    
Is it safe for me to leave home to get vaccinated?
    
Vaccination sites are taking extra precautions to protect patients and staff, such as limiting the number of people on-site at the same time. Everyone at the vaccination site must wear a face covering at all times.
    
How much will it cost to get vaccinated?
    
Vaccination is provided at no cost. 
    
Where can I get vaccinated?
    
Inquire from your respective LGUs  with regards to getting an appointment in vaccine sites .
    
Do I need to provide proof of eligibility to be vaccinated?
    
Yes. You must fill out the LGUs Vaccine Form an online before being vaccinated.
    
You will also need to bring proof of  residence and age, such as a driver’s license or Senior Citizens te ID.
    
How can homebound Filipino  get vaccinated?
    
Filipinos  who cannot leave their home can get vaccinated in their home call your respective LGUs or Barangays for the arrangements .
    
Can I stop physical distancing and wearing a face covering after I get vaccinated?
    
No  as  the country has not completed the vaccination program  you still need to wear your mask and practice physical distancing.   You also do not need to quarantine following an exposure or get tested, unless you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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