Am I eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

As of April 14, 2021

Based on DC 2021-099, with updates from DC 2021-0157 and 2021-175


• With history of bleeding disorders or currently taking blood thinners

• With allergy to food, egg, or medicine

• With history of asthma


• Currently diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of: fever / chills, fatigue, cough, colds, headache, sore throat, myalgia, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, shortness of breath / difficulty breathing, and rashes

• Has history of exposure to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days

• Has received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 in the past 90 days

• Women in the first 3 months of pregnancy

• Has received any other vaccine in the past 14 days

• Has had attacks, been admitted or changed medications for their co-morbidities in the the past 3 months

• Hypertensive emergency or blood pressure > 180/120 with symptoms of possible organ damage


• With autoimmune disease

• With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

• Cancer patients currently undergoing chemo/radio/immunotherapy

• Underwent transplant

• Currently taking steroid medications4

• Bedridden, in a vegetative state, or poor prognosis with life expectancy less than 6 months


• Less than 18 years old

• Allergy to any vaccine components (e.g. polysorbate, PEG)

• Severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to first dose of the vaccine

Individuals with Underlying Medical Conditions

have allergies to food and medications. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes. A patient who is allergic to the following may receive the vaccine:
-food or medicine
-inhalant/environmental allergens
-insect bites, or

Provided that their allergic reactions were not connected to the vaccine or its components.

I had a reaction to another non-COVID vaccine. Can I get the vaccine?

You must first consult with your doctor if you have experienced any allergic reactions/symptoms (within 6 hours) after you have received a different vaccine:
- rashes/itching
- swelling around the eyes
- difficulty of breathing
- anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)

I have asthma. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes. Patients with well-controlled asthma, whether on inhaled corticosteroids or not, can get the vaccine.

I have allergic rhinitis. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes. Patients with allergic rhinitis, whether on intranasal corticosteroids or not, may receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

I have cancer. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes. Patients with cancer and who are currently, or will be undergoing active chemotherapy may be vaccinated any time before and/or during chemotherapy sessions, if they have no other contraindications to the vaccine.

For those who are undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) or Cellular Therapy, they should delay vaccination for at least 3 months after transplantation or therapy.

I have diabetes. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes. People with well-controlled comorbidities can get the vaccines.

These people may have an increased risk of getting severe COVID-19 and may benefit from the protection provided by the vaccines.

I am immunocompromised and/or currently taking immunosuppressant medications. Can I get the vaccine?

Immunocompromised persons falling under the following categories shall consult their physicians or a primary care provider to get clearance prior to vaccination.

a. Persons with autoimmune disease
b.Persons living with HIV
c. Persons with cancer or malignancy
d. Transplant patients
e. Persons who use steroids, if dose and duration of steroid use is more than 2 weeks or dose is higher than 20mg daily for prednisone
f. Persons who are elderly, bedridden, in a vegetative state, or with poor prognosis such as those with limited life expectancy of less than 6 months.

I have other conditions not mentioned here. Can I get the vaccine?

Consult first with your attending physician whether they would advise that you get the vaccine

Breastfeeding Women

Can breastfeeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Breastfeeding women can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, Gamaleya vaccine shall not be administered to the pregnant and breastfeeding populations. The World Health Organization states that if a breastfeeding woman is part of a group recommended for vaccination (for example, healthcare workers), vaccination can be offered. It is not recommended to discontinue breastfeeding before or after vaccination.

Can pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Pregnancy is not a contraindication to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant women can get the vaccine with precaution, given that there is limited data on pregnant women from clinical studies. If a pregnant woman is part of a group recommended for vaccination, vaccination can be offered. It is advised to get the vaccine after the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Can those planning to get pregnant get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Those planning to get pregnant may get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is a pregnancy test required prior to COVID-19 vaccination?

No. A pregnancy test is not a requirement prior to COVID-19 vaccination. However, a pregnancy test may be done for those suspected to be pregnant (missed menses, or unsure of menses).

Individuals with Hypertension and Elevated Blood Pressure

Pwede ba akong magpabakuna kontra COVID-19 kung ako ay may hypertension?

Ang bakuna kontra COVID-19 ay ligtas at epektibo sa mga may hypertension upang hindi madapuan ng mas malubhang uri ng COVID-19.

Ang proteksyon na dulot ng bakuna ay mas matimbang kumpara sa side effect na pwedeng mangyari.

Mas malaki ang benepisyo ng bakuna kontra COVID-19 para sa mga may hypertension.

Paghahanda 2-4 linggo bago magpabakuna:

Mag-ingat na ma-expose sa mga posibleng may COVID-19, dalawang linggo bago magpabakuna

Siguraduhing kontrolado ang inyong BP ilang linggo bago magpabakuna

Kumunsulta sa inyong doktor kung kinakailangan para maiayos ang gamot ninyo
Inumin nang tama ang maintenance na gamot laban sa hypertension

Ano ang dapat kong gawin sa araw ng pagbabakuna?

  • Inumin ang maintenance na gamot para sa high blood
  • Magbaon ng extra na gamot para sa high blood
  • Kumain sa bahay, iwasan nang kumain sa vaccination center habang naghihintay
  • Mag-relax habang nakapila bago bakunahan
  • Panatilihing malinis ang inyong kamay, mag-suot ng face mask at face shield, at obserbahan ang physical distancing habang nasa vaccination center

Kapag tumaas ang BP habang nagpapabakuna

Bago bakunahan:

  • Mag-relax at huwag kabahan habang nasa pila
  • Huwag uminom ng kape o anumang inumin na may caffeine 30 minuto bago magpa-BP
  • Huwag muna kumain
  • Huwag manigarilyo
  • Umihi muna kung naiihi
  • Iwasan uminom ng mga pain reliever o gamot sa sipon na maaaring magdulot ng pagtaas ng BP


Pagkatapos bakunahan:

  • Mag-relax
  • Maaaring gawin ang deep breathing exercise sa loob ng 3-5 minuto:
  • Inhale sa ilong - 4 counts
  • Hold breath - 2 counts
  • Exhale through mouth - 4 counts
  • Kung wala namang nararamdaman na malubha, maaari nang umuwi pagkatapos ng 30 minuto hanggang 1 oras
  • Magpakita sa inyong doktor kinabukasan