Healthcare workers, vulnerable sector on to a third dose


A third administration of the COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s healthcare workers and the vulnerable sector is set for November or early December said health authorities.
According to them, it is to further prevent the spread of the virus and its variants that a third dose has to be given out.


MANILA — Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr announced that the plan is in line with the Duterte administration’s initiative to further protect medical frontliners from infection or transmission.

According to Galvez, as the national vaccination program goes on full swing with the continuing arrival of vaccines that had been procured and donated from the United Nations-sponsored COVAX facility, revaccination is necessary to curtail any lapses.

Ito po pine-prepare na namin ni (Health Secretary Francisco) Duque, dahil nagbigay na po ng inclination ang WHO (World Health Organization), na iyong ating vaccination (ay) for third dosing, considering na magla-lapse na po iyong immunity (Duque and I are already preparing [revaccination] since the WHO has already given its inclination for the vaccination for third dosing, considering that the immunity will lapse,” Galvez said.

“Maybe we can start by November or early December,” he added.

The Department of Health (DoH) is awaiting WHO’s official recommendation to give additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to immunocompromised persons, senior citizens, and frontline healthcare workers.

Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire disclosed that WHO is expected to release its final recommendation by early next month even as she clarified that the booster shots and additional doses are different and WHO is yet to recommend a third shot for the general population.

According to health experts, a booster shot is an additional dose after the protection of the original shot(s) has decreased over time, while a third shot is for those with certain health conditions to help further protect them from severe Covid-19 case or death. (TRC/Headline PH)


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