The Philippines on Wednesday began the inoculation of fully-vaccinated healthcare workers with booster shots against COVID-19.
According to Allan Gatus’ report on Super Radyo dzBB, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III led the ceremonial vaccination of medical frontliners at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Undersecretary Antipordo Vega also attended the ceremonial vaccination.
#BantayBakuna: Ceremonial vaccination ng booster shot ng bakuna kontra COVID-19 para sa mga medical frontliner sa National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), nagsimula na. | via @allangatus pic.twitter.com/TQ0GTAWxUF— DZBB Super Radyo (@dzbb) November 17, 2021
Health care workers in San Juan City have also begun receiving their booster doses, according to dzBB reporter Mark Makalalad.
The National Vaccination Operations Center earlier released the guidelines for the vaccination of medical frontliners with booster dose.
Also, the NVOC said Filipinos who were vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, Gamaleya, and AstraZeneca for their primary dose series must wait at least six months before getting a booster shot.
Meanwhile, those who were vaccinated with the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for their primary dose series must wait until three months.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. has said the country may start inoculating fully-vaccinated senior citizens and persons with comorbidities with additional doses by next week.
Booster shots are given when immunity is starting to wane off after several months since receiving the vaccine while additional doses, or the third doses, are given to individuals who cannot mount the appropriate immunity against the sickness. —LBG, GMA News