MANILA - The head of the Philippine National Police on Monday revealed that his younger sister had received anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, which has triggered a health scare and legislative investigations.
"Yung kapatid ko na deaf-mute, na-injection-an. Ang kapatid ko nagkakasakit every week," PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa told reporters.
"Baka sabihin niyo na apektado na, wala pa. Minomonitor lang namin," he added.
(My sister who is deaf-mute was vaccinated. She gets sick ever week. But that she is not yet affected by the vaccine's alleged side effects. We are only monitoring her.)
The Dengvaxia manufacturer, France's Sanofi-Pasteur, admitted late last year that the drug could cause more severe symptoms when given to those who have not had the mosquito-borne disease. This prompted the government to recall the drug.
The vaccine has been administered to some 830,000 public school children and 14,000 policemen.
Dela Rosa said his security personnel were among the Dengvaxia recipients, who are now being monitored by the PNP Health Service.
Policemen were vaccinated with Dengvaxia in September and November 2017.
Report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News