“Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?”

| Written by Fred Dabu

“Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?”


While the development and deployment of new vaccines for the management of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, offer protection primarily for health frontliners and high-risk populations, concerns over the safety and efficacy of these vaccines should be addressed by all stakeholders, especially since clinical trials are still on-going. Correct information on the different vaccines, processes for ensuring safety, how immunity is attained by people in different environments, what side effects and adverse reactions may be expected, and other related issues, should be discussed by health experts to foster public confidence on the science at work.

The upcoming webinar, “Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?”, to be held on Friday, 29 January 2021, 12 noon, will tackle the benefits of vaccination for health workers as well as their families and patients. Since they are among the first ones who will receive the vaccine, they must be assured of their safety, efficacy and protection, as well as that of their families, patients, and co-workers.

Dr. Antonio Dans of the UP College of Medicine and the Philippine General Hospital will discuss processes for ensuring safety; while Dr. Eric Tayag of the Department of Health will explain the benefits of inoculation. Dr. Anna Ong Lim, infectious disease expert from UP PGH, will present her reactions on the topics under deliberation.

Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, UP Executive Vice President and Special Adviser for the National Task Force on COVID-19, and Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor of UP Manila, will also join this special online event.

The webinar series, “Stop Covid Deaths”, is organized by UP in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Heatlth-National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with UP PGH.

To participate in this webinar, sign up at: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar38.