Is DOH Considering to Start Giving COVID-19 Booster Shots?
DOH – The Department of Health spoke on its current decision on the possibility of administering COVID-19 booster shots for the Filipinos.
Most countries across the globe now are in a tight fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is the Philippines which has also recorded cases of the Delta variant, currently the variant of interest for its higher transmissibility.
To prevent the possible spread of the Delta variant, the whole Metro Manila was recently placed under the strictest community quarantine measure – the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
The ECQ in Metro Manila lasted for two (2) weeks until August 20. It was downgraded to Modified ECQ starting August 21 and it is set to expire on August 31 but is extended until September 7.
Amid the strict community quarantine measures in the capital region and several other provinces, the COVID-19 vaccination in the country continues. PH is targeting the vaccination of at least 70 million people for population protection.
Currently, there are talks about the COVID-19 booster shots. The Department of Health (DOH) recently aired its decision for now.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire expressed that COVID-19 booster shots may not be considered now as it may “disenfranchised” those who have yet to receive their vaccines.
According to Vergeire, if the country will start giving the booster shots now, it will need another vaccine allocation and it may affect the supply that is supposedly set for those who will receive their first jabs.
Furthermore, the DOH UIndersecretary stressed that vaccine experts in the country have yet to come up with a final suggestion regarding the COVID-19 booster shots like the frequency of administering them and the brands to be used.
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