Get Vaccinated Now: My Experience in Getting Pneumonia Vaccine

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I had my pneumonia vaccine last Sunday with Affinity Vaccines in Affinity Dental Alabang. 

I arrived around 5 minutes ahead of my schedule, which I think is just in time to do prior protocols to comply with the new normal, including disinfecting and signing of several sheets.

From the door, I went through several mats to disinfect my shoes, and then ended in a self-temperature check and automatic alcohol spray for my hands. 

I sat at their waiting area alone while filling up forms for contact tracing and pre-requisites to get the vaccine including health declaration, etc.

After that, I was accommodated right away. 

Everything was fast and efficient, and I felt safe in the clinic coz I was told they scattered the schedule of their patients for the day. I think we were only 2-3 when I was there. And of course, since it's a dental clinic, everything's clean ever since!

About Affinity Vaccines

Affinity Vaccines has been around since 2005. They are a pioneer in institutional vaccination in the country, catering the biggest companies in the Philippines to help them protect their employees from vaccine preventable diseases.

Affinity Vaccines provide affordable, convenient, and accessible vaccination. They are wholly owned division of Affinity Health and Wellness Corporation, also the mother company of my dentist for around 3 years now (Affinity Dental). 

Lastly, Affinity Vaccines is duly licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Department of Health (DOH) as a Drugstore and as a Distributor.

Where They Hold Their Vaccination

They are currently vaccinating by schedule in Affinity Dental Clinics located within Metro Manila. With all the equipments and sanitary protocols of the Affinity Dental Clinics, this location is the safest and most accessible place available for individuals and families. Affinity Vaccines currently do not accept home service.

Why Get Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine? 

Signs and symptoms of Flu have similarities to some of signs and symptoms of COVID-19. They can be mistaken for one another, and even trained medical professionals can have a hard time telling them apart without proper testing. 

With a flu shot, you have better chances of fighting the flu virus and avoiding these symptoms, and that's one less thing to worry about especially now that rainy season has arrived. The vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies that help protect your body against infection. 

About Vaccines According to the World Health Organization (WHO)

1) Vaccines are safe and effective. Any licensed vaccine is rigorously tested before it is approved for use, regularly reassessed, constantly monitored for side-effects.

2) Vaccines prevent deadly illnesses. Vaccination protects children from diseases like diptheria, mumps, measles, and pertusis

3) Vaccines provide better immunity than natural infections. The immune response to vaccines is similar to the one produced by natural infection, but less risky!

4) Combined vaccines are safe and beneficial. Giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on the immune system. It reduces discomfort, and saves time and money!

5) If we stop vaccination, diseases will return! Even with better hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water, infection still spread. When people are not vaccinated, infectious diseases that have become uncommon quickly reappear. 

Affinity Vaccines Available Vaccines and Price List
The price covers the cost of vaccines, professional fees, administration and PPE fees

Trivalent Influenza Vaccines: 
1. Influvac (Abbott) - P 800 
- 3 strains against most common flu 
- Annual Vaccination

Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccines: 
1. FluQuadri 2020 (Sanofi) - P 1,600 
- 4 strains against most common flu 
- Annual Vaccination 
- Limited stocks available  

Pneumococcal Vaccines:  
1. Pneumovax 23 (MSD) - P 3,500 
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPSV23) 
- 23 Strains against most common bacterial pneumonia 
- 5 years interval 
- Limited stocks available 

2. Prevenar 13 (Pfizer) - P 4,200 << This is the one I got coz I already have my Flu shot last May
- Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV13) 
- 13 Strains against most common bacterial pneumonia 
- Lifetime protection!

Schedule for August

Vaccination will be at Affinity Dental Clinics on the following dates and venues:

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020 
Address: Affinity Dental Clinics Makati 2F, Plaza One Hundred, 100 V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020 
Address: Affinity Dental Clinics BGC 2F, Bonifacio Stopover Building, 32nd Street corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020 
Address: Affinity Dental Clinics Alabang Unit 206, 2nd Floor, Westgate Hub Mall, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City

Contact Information

Schedule your appointment and reserve stocks:

Paula Rosales, Coordinator 
Mobile Number: 0917.565.7028 


Affinity Vaccines accept Cash and Credit Cards.

BDO Credit Card holders may avail of 3 or 6 months installment plan at 0% interest, minimum of P 3,000 transaction.

Final Note

- The do not offer home service.

- Affinity Vaccines do not vaccinate children 3 years old and below, pregnant women, persons who are allergic to chicken or eggs and persons who are immune-compromised.

- Limited stocks remaining. No guarantee of future availability.

- Stocks reserved for no show patients will be released to other patients.

Three days has passed since I had my pneumonia shot. I was warned by my vaccinator Sir Shariff Jumat that I might feel a bit feverish, which I did experienced in the afternoon of my vaccination. It was gone in about 2-3 hours, and nothing bothersome after that. I was still able to work and function for the day. 

I also felt the arm where I got the shot a bit heavy, same experience with flu shot so it's normal. Is it okay to move it around or wash the part where I have the injection? I also asked Sir Jumat if it is okay to workout, and the answer is yes! And it is also okay to take a bath after vaccination. 

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact Affinity Vaccines on the contact info I posted above, or comment below and will try to ask for you!

Protect your self and your family. Get vaccinated by the most experienced and most trusted name in institutional vaccination. Price is also fairly affordable. Thank you Affinity Vaccines for the good service, highly recommended!

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