PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa ordered on Thursday, December 14, the close monitoring of the 14,000 policemen who were given a dose of the Dengvaxia vaccine.
“To those unfortunately vaccinated by this, I am giving instructions to Doctor (Edward) Caranza, director of Health Service, to monitor everything. Kawawa naman,” he said.
Earlier, PNP general hospital chief Reimound Sales said around 14,000 policemen received the Dengvaxia vaccine during their anniversary celebration in November.
Sales said he had already coordinated with the concerned medical institutions about the matter.
“All Crame-based personnel na nabakunahan, natanong naman nila lahat ng questions nila, they were given assurances na wala masyadong magiging problema,” he said.
A two-month pregnant policewoman was reportedly among those who received Dengvaxia.
Former Health Department officials are under fire over the P3.5-billion dengue vaccination program after Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur revealed that the vaccine, while effective among those who have had dengue fever, may cause severe dengue among those who have not contracted the virus prior to immunization.
The Department of Health suspended on December 1 the dengue vaccination program in light of this revelation and the subsequent advisory of the World Health Organization that only seropositive individuals, or those who have had dengue, may be given the vaccine.
The controversy has prompted the lawmakers to conduct an investigation into the program. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)