Individuals with comorbidity are called to take measures to protect themselves from the severe conditions due to their increased health vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. An explanatory sequential mixed-method design was employed to assess the relationship between the fully vaccinated COVID-19 individuals with comorbidities and their health protocol practices in the National Capital Region, Philippines. The quantitative phase included a survey of 67 questions consisting of the sociodemographic profile, knowledge, and acceptability of COVID-19, and adherence to minimum health protocols, and personal preventive practices. The survey questionnaire was disseminated through different online platforms, and a total of 384 responses were gathered. The Chi-square Test of Independence was used to analyze the relationship between variables. Qualitatively, semi-structured interviews via Zoom and Messenger video conference were conducted with 11 participants to describe the lived experiences of fully vaccinated individuals with comorbidities. A Swiss-Cheese Model of Health Protocol Practices was formulated from the integration of the quantitative and qualitative findings which underscores the health protocol practices of the fully vaccinated COVID-19 individuals with comorbidities. Findings demonstrated the need for urgency in enhancing prevention strategies to better prepare for and address the concerns of fully vaccinated COVID-19 individuals with comorbidity on their health, especially during a pandemic. Additionally, the study also serves as an avenue for future researchers, local government units, and policymakers to prioritize the public healthcare crisis and its appropriate interventions.

Authors: Matthew Spencer Ho, Chrissea Custodio, Jaye Kirsten Melchor, Christine Rozien Palayad, Patricia Anne Ty, Erin Grace Villanueva, Mareeya Yumena, Maria Luisa Olano, Diana Leah Mendoza

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2022)

  • Date of Conference: 14-16 November 2022
  • DOI: 10.20533/LICE.2022.0017
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-52-5
  • Conference Location: Virtual (London, UK)