EIGHT months after the World Health Organization has confirmed the dangers brought about by the Dengvaxia vaccine to those who have not been previously infected by the Dengue virus, the Quezon City Council asked the health department to grant medical assistance to city residents who were inoculated with the said vaccine.
In City Resolution 7469-2018, introduced by Councilors Precious Hipolito-Castelo, Melencio T. Castelo, and Karl Edgar Castelo; the city’s legislative body noted that after the vaccine has been administered to school children in the country, the vaccine maker, Sanofi Pasteur, announced that its dengue vaccine, dengvaxia, can cause severe cases of dengue fever to those who have not been previously infected by the dengue virus.
In also cited a December, 2017 report by Health Secretary Francisco Duque which cited the WHO’s confirmation of an “earlier hypothesis” that those inoculated with a dengue vaccine without prior infection of the disease could be at a higher risk of contracting more severe forms of the illness.
From April 2016, DOH has reported that there have been more than 830,000 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
“The city government with the aid of the Department of Health should extend medical assistance in order to alleviate the plight of the inoculated victims,” the resolution read.