Elderly, people with comorbidities to be prioritized in administration of J& J shots

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, chair of the national vaccination operations center, said 3.2 million Johnson & Johnson doses donated by the United States through the COVAX facility will arrive in the country on July 19......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2021

Who wins in House Speakership row? Not the people, critics say

The tussle over the leadership of the House of Representatives drew criticisms from a netizen and the opposition for the way pro-administration factions prioritized politics over people’s concerns in the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Pateros vax available to non-residents

Having achieved 80 percent of its target for Covid-19 vaccination, Pateros is now open to vaccinate people from other cities in the National Capital Region (NCR). The municipal government will vaccinate people from outside Pateros, but residents will still be prioritized in the vaccination. The municipal government will issue a QR code and guidelines for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

‘Irregularities in pandemic response fund deprived people of right to health care, right to live’

“The Duterte administration should stop this drama. This is not helping the people in getting due social services at a time when the state of our health care system is worsening." The post ‘Irregularities in pandemic response fund deprived people of right to health care, right to live’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Gov t allocated P240.74 billion for COVID-19 response in 2022 — Palace

The Duterte administration has allocated more than P240 billion for COVID-19 response in next year's budget, of which P45 billion would be used to buy booster shots, Malacañang said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Palace to people seeking booster shots: Let others get vaccinated first

Authorities have vowed to look into reports that a man was able to avail of a Moderna jab in Quezon City this month despite getting fully vaccinated with Sinovac shots in Mandaluyong last May......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign

Filipino farmer groups have called on the Duterte administration to stop targeting their ranks as they are being rounded up and forced to “surrender” as alleged members of the New People’s Army. The post Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Vaccine hopping

The World Health Organization has been appealing to wealthy states to defer giving booster shots until more people in poor countries have been fully vaccinated......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

& lsquo;Breakthrough infection& rsquo; sickens only a few& mdash;FDA

Fewer than 1 percent of more than 9.1 million people who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of August have experienced a “breakthrough” infection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

FDA: Minors to pad vaccination list by 12 million-14 million

Some 12 million to 14 million more people would be included in the vaccination program against COVID-19 if the plan to inoculate minors 12 to 17 years old pushes through in September, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Superspreaders

Because of the acute weakness of the country’s contact tracing capability, it is unlikely that the government will be able to trace the thousands of people who scrambled for COVID-19 shots last Thursday at several vaccination sites in the cities of Antipolo, Las Piñas and Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

Davao City to employ mobile COVID-19 vaccination for senior citizens

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) – A mobile vaccination targeting senior citizens is currently being worked out as the number of elderly people who are fully protected against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains low. Mayor Sara Duterte told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Monday that the office of Vice Mayor Sebastian […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers

We urge the Biden administration to stand with the people of the Philippines as they continue to fight for their universal human rights. The post Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Persons faking medical papers warned

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has warned people presenting fake medical documents in order to be vaccinated that they will face appropriate charges. Last 25 June, some 100 fraudulent medical certificates were confiscated from persons passing themselves off as belonging to the A3 priority group or persons with comorbidities to get vaccinated […] The post Persons faking medical papers warned appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Germany plans Covid booster shots from September: draft text

Germany plans to start offering Covid-19 booster shots to the elderly and at-risk from September 1, according to a draft document seen by AFP on Sunday, as concerns grow about the spread of the Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Go: Duterte has delivered on campaign promises

The Filipino people will judge and attest to the success of President Duterte’s leadership and the positive change his administration has brought to their lives, said Sen. Bong Go......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

DOH says booster shot for Sinovac still being studied

The Vaccine Expert Panel is studying whether people administered with Sinovac vaccine should be given booster shots to strengthen their protection against COVID, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Duterte, Dominguez deny government underspent Bayanihan funds

The Duterte administration has denied underspending funds intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 27,000 people dead in the Philippines and dragged its economy into a recession......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

& lsquo;Let the people judge my work& rsquo;

President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address today is a report card centered on the accomplishments of his administration, Malacañang said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

Duterte to LGUs: Be more sane in vaccination programs

"Actually, it looks like we didn't fall short with vaccines. The problem is for the local governments to come up with a more sane process of vaccination than allowing people to queue as early as 4 in the morning and getting their shots at 9," Duterte said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021