Government’s system of administering the H1N1 vaccine to the general public can cause a “serious increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.”
The warning comes from Cumuto/Manzanilla MP Dr Rai Ragbir, a medical doctor.
In a release, Ragbir criticised the Ministry of Health for not outlining a clinical and systematic approach of “accommodating so many persons at our various public health centres” which, he said, sets the stage for “an intense explosion” in cases.
He cited the possibility of transmission between those visiting the Health Centers for COVID-19 testing and those who would be visiting to get vaccinations done.
Dr Ragbir said: “This situation, if not handled properly, can result in our health facilities becoming hotspots for possible exposure by citizens to Coronavirus infections.”
He said “A great fear and concern will be that of mothers who will be petrified to take their 66-month-old infant to a health centre for the mandatory immunization, including the flu vaccine, resulting in exposing that child to the possibility of becoming infected.”