Senate President Vicente Sotto III assured the public on Sunday that only a small percentage of the population may experience serious adverse effects from Covid-19 vaccines.
In an interview, Sotto said that out of 70 million Filipinos who are expected to be vaccinated, only 0.0005 percent may get the unexpected pharmacologic effect.
Affected patients or those who will have a permanent disability, serious adverse effects, or in worst case, death — will be compensated under the Indemnification Act that the upper chamber passed through Senate Bill (SB) 2057 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021.
“From the 70 million Filipinos who are expected to be vaccinated, only 0.0005% will experience adverse effects due to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Sotto said.
“Those who will be hospitalized due to the serious adverse effects from the vaccine will be covered under the Indemnification Act,” he added.
Under SB 2057, a P500-million National Vaccine Indemnity Fund will be sourced from the contingency fund of the 2021 General Appropriations Act to extend financial help to inoculated individuals who will experience severe adverse effects.
These serious adverse side effects will be monitored by a special task group composed of medical and vaccine experts which will also be established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the sole purpose of conducting post-vaccination monitoring of patients.
The senator encouraged the public to take part in the government’s national vaccination program as he allayed fears gripping the public since its benefits outweigh its risks.
“The public should not be scared because (from the vaccines) because it has a lot of benefits, ” he said.
He added that individuals who will wish to be inoculated should disclose their medical condition beforehand including their existing illnesses, allergies, and medicines they are currently taking.
The Philippines is expecting the arrival of 600,000 doses of donated Sinovac vaccines from China on Sunday, 28 February. It will be the first coronavirus jabs to enter the country.
Also, a total of 525, 600 doses of Covid vaccines from British-Swede pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca will arrive in the country on Monday, 1 March through the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility.