Sunday, February 21, 2021

OFWs vaccinated vs. Covid, tested positive for virus

TWO OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFW) who had been inoculated with Covid-19 abroad have tested positive for the deadly respiratory virus while in the Philippines, reports said.

ABS-CBN which quoted Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Chief Pathologist of the Department of Health in Central Visayas, said the duo, a 43-year-old man from Mandaue City, had taken two doses of China's Sinopharm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and a 25-year-old woman had one dose of Pfizer's vaccine.

Loreche said the man arrived in Cebu on January 5 and underwent 14-day quarantine. “Because he underwent the 14-day quarantine upon arrival, we did not do any swabbing yet. But when tested for his return flight to the UAE earlier this month, the OFW was found to be positive. He is asymptomatic. But because this particular OFW had to go back to his workplace, he underwent swabbing on February 8. Results were released on February 9 turned out to be positive,” she said.

She explained that getting vaccinated does not mean that the person will never be infected with Covid-19, adding, the vaccine only helps prevent a patient from developing a more severe illness. “This is classically manifested by our particular case na hindi naman talaga nagkaroon ng sintomas kahit siya nag-positibo ulit sa SARS-CoV-2,” Loreche said.

Loreche said the OFW received 2 doses of Sinopharm vaccine: the first was administered on December 12 and the second dose on January 2 before he returned to the Philippines. He infected four other members of his household but they, too, are asymptomatic, she said, adding, “Ang pinakamahalaga nito sa ngayon ay wala siyang symptoms. Yun mga kasambahay niyang nahawa wala din pong sintomas. Pangatlo, lahat po sila asymptomatic, naka-quarantine na,” she said.

On the other hand, the woman was administered the first dose of the vaccine on January 13 and arrived in Cebu on February 9. She was swabbed on February 14 – her fifth day under quarantine, and the results turned out positive. “We are going to conduct antibody test on the individual so we want to determine the level of immunity that currently she has,” she said.

Loreche added that they are also looking at the effect of the vaccine, whether or not it would result in a more serious case on a person infected by a vaccinated patient. (ABS-CBN, Mindanao Examiner)

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