People who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can get the flu and pneumonia “anytime or week after” their first dose or second dose regardless of the type of coronavirus jab.
This was revealed on Tuesday by Dr Rontgene Solante, an infectious disease specialist and member of the Department of Science and Technology Vaccine Expert Panel.
According to Solante, those who have been vaccinated with the first dose of Sinovac, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen or Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Sputnik V vaccine can get the flu or pneumococcal vaccine “anytime or the week after receiving the first dose while waiting for the second dose recommended by your doctor. ”
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen or Johnson & Johnson is a single vaccine.
“Or you may choose to wait until you have completed your second dose as recommended by your doctor,” he said at an online press conference organized by the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
As for those who have already been vaccinated with a second dose of Sinovac, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V, Solante said they could get flu or pneumococcal shots “anytime or week after” their injection “as recommended by a doctor.”
And for those who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine from the local government unit, Solante said they could choose to get the flu or pneumococcal treatment at their local health office, if offered, or in hospitals.
Earlier the DOH recommended the use of flu and pneumonia drugs to prevent further complications from COVID-19.
Drs. Donald Ray Josue, medical director of GSK Philippines, said last Wednesday that a flu shot could benefit COVID-19. He said COVID-19 patients who had been vaccinated against the flu had no worse symptoms and were less likely to contact emergency services at health facilities.