WATCH: How to Register for COVID-19 Vaccination in Quezon City
Through QCProketodo, Quezon City has started vaccinating medical frontliners, seniors, government officials, and people with comorbidities (classified as “A3”). But it is important to note that walk-ins are strictly not allowed. You have to pre-register first before you can get a slot.
I have comorbidities. What should I do?
People with comorbidities are those under 65 years old with chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, malignancy, diabetes mellitus, obesity, cancer, and chronic kidney disease, among other pre-existing medical conditions.
If you have any comorbidities, you need to present one of the following: a medical certificate issued in the past 18 months, a prescription issued within the last six months, a laboratory result, or a surgical record and pathology record.
What was the vaccination experience like?
I was able to secure an 8 a.m. slot at Balingasa High School in Quezon City. I was there as early as 6 a.m. and was surprised that there were two seniors ahead of me who lined up as early as 5 a.m.
We entered the premises at around 6:30 a.m. and were oriented at around 7 a.m. After signing the waivers and completing the registration at 8 a.m., we were screened by medical doctors. A heads up: Everything you tell them has to be true because they need to know if you can really get that shot or not.
At the Vaccination Site
We were given cheesecake and a bottle of water before entering the vaccination facility. The vaccination area is basically a classroom converted into a vaccination center.
Throughout the whole process, there was no air-conditioning, which is safer because of the open-air setup. I was administered the Sinovac vaccine by a medical doctor. The jab was painless.
I was told to rest for 10 minutes so I could inform the doctors if I was feeling any side effects from the jab. When I felt okay, I was given a vaccination card, which I must present to them when I come back for my second dose after 30 days.
I felt headaches after the vaccination.
Side effects from COVID-19 vaccines are normal. These vary for every person. According to the Department of Health, the possible side effects of a vaccine include pain, redness, itchiness, swelling at the injection site (which may last a few hours), fever, fatigue, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, or nausea.
I experienced headaches and shortness of breath on the second and third day after I got the jab. I felt better on the fourth day and was completely normal by the fifth.
Don’t forget to bring the following.
A lot of people queueing up for the shots had to leave because they wanted to buy water and snacks. Considering how you’d be spending a couple of hours at the vaccination facility, you should bring drinks and snacks with you. You must also bring your maintenance medications in case you need to take them.
Another essential requirement is a valid ID with your address, just to prove you are a resident of Quezon City. This is different from your QC Citizen ID registration, which you must also accomplish.
Bring your QR code from your eZConsult account, which you should have received when you registered online.
Finally, you must bring proof that you belong to any of the qualified recipients of the vaccine. If you are a medical frontliner, show your work ID; if you are a senior citizen, show your senior citizen ID; if you have comorbidities, show one of the proofs mentioned earlier.
Below is a video of my vaccination experience.