The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19, the alliance of more than 160 health professions organizations in the country, is alarmed that some Filipinos are receiving vaccines against COVID-19 that have not been registered with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In relation to this issue, there are three critical points of concern:
1. In keeping with public safety, we strongly discourage the use of vaccines that are not yet approved by the Philippine FDA.
2. Even if a vaccine is approved in other countries, its storage, transport, and distribution are complex procedures. Improper handling can damage vaccines and can render them useless. This is why distribution channels and processes need to be transparent and regulated.
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Adult Immunization may be used as a reference while navigating issues regarding vaccines and vaccination. They are intended for the use of physicians, other healthcare workers who vaccinate in different settings, and medical students. These guidelines also serve as a reference for policymakers to guide them in establishing vaccination programs.
For each vaccine included in this document, the technical working group came up with background and foreground questions, while considering the following outcomes: incidence of the disease, clinical progress, microbiological cure, mortality, and hospitalization.
CPG ADULT IMMUNIZATION 2018