4,455 cops given Dengvaxia shots, PNP says

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2018 11:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2018 08:38 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police on Thursday said 4,455 of its personnel were administered with anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

The first dose of vaccination was given during the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2017 and only 5 regions received the vaccinations that were done in police camps and hospitals, the PNP Health Service said.

Data from the unit showed 1,319 police personnel from Metro Manila were inoculated with Dengvaxia while 934 personnel from Camp Crame were also vaccinated.

In Calabarzon, 539 personnel were vaccinated; 524 cops in Central Luzon; 442 in Ilocos region; and 297 policemen in ARMM.

Some 388 police personnel of the Special Action Force were also vaccinated with Dengvaxia, and 12 from the Avsegroup.

“Hindi siya pwedeng sabay eh. Meron siyang schedules for pneumonia. There were schedules for flu vaccine and dengue vaccine, so hindi siya pwedeng isabay. We did not force everybody. Parang voluntary lang siya,” Langcauon said.

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.

PNP Health Service said at least 62 police dependents also received shots of the anti-dengue vaccine.

“The dependents who came over were just within the vicinity of the camp na mga officers. When they went home, pagbalik nila dinala na rin. May pasok kasi during that day,” Langcauon said.

Langcauon said the PNP stopped the immunization program when the controversy surfaced.

“We already called all the regions, na i-monitor yung nabigyan nila ng vaccine. So they had a lecture first, what we do with the clinical pathways, kapag meron pong pumunta sa emergency room. If they are Dengvaxia-given personnel, if they have symptoms like fever, abdominal pains, nausea, nagvo-vomit sila, may causal bleeding then we will do the lab tests. If the lab results are positive for dengue, then we admit. And if it is negative for dengue, we advise and counsel them and we observe,” she said.

Police Senior Supt. Reimound Sales, chief of the PNP General Hospital, said the hospital has catered to around 56 of the 934 police personnel who were given Dengvaxia shots since December. Most did not show significant symptoms and were sent home.

“Of the 934, around 56 were already seen or sought consultation in the emergency room. Of the 56, 27 were vaccinated in Crame and the rest were vaccinated in different areas. Mostly cough, symptoms of acute viral illness like slight fever. It could be attributed to anything,” Sales said.

“After the issue broke out, its common for everybody who was given vaccination that all symptoms, everything that you feel, you already attribute to the vaccine eh. So immediately after the issue broke out, we established a dengue lane. And we also coordinated with different clinics. At least, to pacify those who were given vaccines. They had an open forum with the PCMC."

Of the 56, 3 were transferred to different hospitals according to Sales.

Two patients manifested symptoms of acute appendicitis and the third one, a utility worker from the PNP General Hospital, had pneumonia. The pneumonia patient died in January.