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Myocarditis Following Immunization With mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Members of the US Military

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  1. Sedona

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    Why only reaching out for assistance to veterans, why not expand assistance to apply to ALL US Citizens? Why not request the VA Manila, AND the US Embassy Manila to provide assistance for ALL US Citizens living abroad to have the same access to vaccinations as our fellow citizens at home have instead of limiting just to vets? Why limit to J&J? I would be happy with any of the 3 FDA EUA approved vaccines.
     
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    Good idea Sedona. The US Embassy have had an outreach program to Dumaguete (and other cities) every couple years where they brought reps from the SSA and VA
     
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    I don't know.
    The logistics of singling out foreigners from the general population for special treatment is way too complicated and would breed contempt among the locals.

    The VA is here as a result of WW2 because the Philippines was a US territory then and the Filipino soldiers were entitled to health care. The VA effort here does not happen in other foreign countries.

    The Philippines is being very fair and vaccinating foreigners at the same free cost and priority as the locals.
    J&J is a one shot vaccine. It reduces the logistics by half.

    The US is assisting with 3 million J&J (in addition to other contributions) for the Filipino and expat population.

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1456599/3m-us-donated-jj-covid-19-shots-to-arrive-in-july
     
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    Because it is the "Veterans" Affairs office. Their main purpose is to provide medical (and other) services to veterans. It is a service that has not been earned by every US citizen. Feel free to message the embassy and see if they care enough to help out (I doubt they do).
     
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    Just received a phone call from Dgte health dpt…offering inoculation this Saturday at Robinsons. It’s Sinovac. Asked if there was another vaccine available…she said not at this time & I could wait for another vaccine and if I changed my mind about getting Sinovac to call her.
     
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    “Estacion said Gov. Roel Degamo has ordered the procurement of an ultra-cold storage facility so the province can receive Western brands of Covid vaccines that require below freezing temperatures” 1 July 2021 https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1145650

    Is there Dry Ice in Dumaguete?
     
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    “Veterans who have not previously been patients at the Manila VA Clinic will need to register as a patient at the Clinic, and this process will take approximately 10 minutes by phone. Alternatively, these Veterans can complete this PDF form [SAVE LIVES Act Vaccination Registration Worksheet.pdf] with the required registration information and e-mail this form to ManilaCOVIDVaccine@va.gov. Once you are registered you can contact the Clinic and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. If you e-mail this form, please wait 3 business days before calling the Clinic to schedule your vaccine appointment to allow staff time to process your registration.”
     
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57781637

    Heart inflammation link to Pfizer and Moderna jabs [also, see at the end of the article re Janssen vaccine]
    By James Gallagher
    Health and science correspondent

    Heart inflammation is a "very rare" side-effect of the Covid vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, according to regulators in Europe.

    The European Medicines Agency said the side-effects were more common in younger men.

    The medicines safety body said the benefits of Covid vaccines continue to far outweigh any risks.

    But doctors and patients have been advised to be aware of the symptoms of heart inflammation. These include chest pain, a feeling of breathlessness and a pounding or fluttering heartbeat. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor.

    Two conditions were linked to the vaccines - inflammation of the heart muscle itself, known as myocarditis, and inflammation of the fluid-filled sac the heart sits in, known as pericarditis.

    The EMA analysis of cases found:
    • Pfizer-BioNTech - 145 cases of myocarditis and 138 cases of pericarditis out of 177m doses given
    • Moderna - 19 case of myocarditis and 19 cases of pericarditis out of 20 million doses given
    Five people died. The review said they were all either elderly or had other health conditions.

    The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has also been investigating the link.

    It reported: "A consistent pattern of cases occurring more frequently in young males and shortly after the second dose of the vaccines.

    "These reports are extremely rare, and the events are typically mild with individuals usually recovering within a short time with standard treatment and rest," it added.

    Most cases are thought to be within 14 days of vaccination.

    While the risk is very rare, it is more likely to develop in young people - who are currently the focus on the vaccination campaign in the UK.

    Myocarditis and pericarditis will be officially listed as side-effects in the UK and Europe, mirroring a move by the regulators in the US last month.

    "The chance of these conditions occurring is very low, but you should be aware of the symptoms so that you can get prompt medical treatment to help recovery and avoid complications," the EMA said.

    The link with heart inflammation was found only in the vaccines that rely on mRNA technology to train the immune system. There was no link found for vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZeneca or Janssen, which use a genetically modified virus.

    However, the EMA has advised anyone with a history of capillary leak syndrome should not be given the Janssen vaccine. This is a rare but serious syndrome in which fluid leaks from blood vessels in the body.
     
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    1. “Veterans in the Philippines who have received 1 dose of Sinovac are eligible to receive 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a waiting period of 28 days. Veterans who have received 2 doses of Sinovac are considered fully vaccinated and should not receive a second COVID-19 vaccine at this time.”
     
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    “VA Manila began providing additional COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans this week at the Outpatient Clinic. We are currently seeing approximately 100 Veterans during weekdays, and are scheduled to have approximately 300 Veterans receive their COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow (10 Jul) on our first of several weekend mass vaccination clinics that we will conduct over the next four weeks. We still have many available appointments for both weekday and weekend appointments over the next four weeks. If you are a Veteran, regardless of enrollment or eligibility status for healthcare benefits from VA Manila, it’s your turn to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine”
     
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