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Reading BP, heart rate unnecessary in vax screening

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Medical experts from the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) and the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) reiterated that there is no need to take vital signs when screening individuals for Covid19 inoculation.


A noteworthy amount of vaccination deferrals and delays due to elevated blood pressure (BP), were mentioned in a recent joint statement from the two groups.


In response, the PHA and PSH made it clear that high blood pressure has “not resulted in any serious nor life threatening events…related to Covid19 vaccines”.


PHA president Orly Bugarin recently stated that there is no compelling evidence that Covid19 vaccination has an adverse effect on individuals with high blood pressure.


Unless signs of distress in the vaccine recipient are apparent, the experts recommended that vital signs be forgone to limit face-to-face interaction time, and enhance vaccination efficiency.


Should any problems be noticed in the vaccine recipient, further evaluation will be conducted.


Those with BP elevations that are not classified as a hypertensive emergency can be vaccinated, but monitored for 30 to 60 minutes afterwards before leaving the area.


Hypertensive emergencies will be referred to the ER immediately.
Given the information provided by the two medical groups, Bugarin further implored individuals with hypertension or cardiovascular disease to get vaccinated regardless.


The Department of Health has since updated their Covid19 vaccination guidelines based on the recommendations of the joint statement.


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