Boosters not to be taken from the primary vaccine batch—DOH

    The Philippine government has started to give booster shots for the country’s frontliners and health workers.

    MANILA, Philipines — The Department of Health (DOH) reminds all concerned not to use the doses allotted for the primary series of the ongoing vaccination drives.

    This is to prevent a shortage in vaccines.

    “Our primary consideration is still to finish [the administration of] our primary doses, so what we urge the different areas is not to redistribute the existing vaccines from the primary series to the booster series,” said DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje during an online briefing.

    “We do not want to be hearing that they locked the vaccines for primary doses, because we have reserved…the booster doses and we’d like to emphasize our priority is still A1 [which] we are already boosting,” she added.

    Cabotaje reassured that there are enough vaccines for booster shots. Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterated that booster jabs are voluntary and not mandatory for the health workers.

    Only qualified health care workers are allowed to receive boosters as of now.

    The DOH has previously said that health workers can only receive a COVID-19 booster shot after at least six months of finishing a two-dose vaccine regimen and three months after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

    Approved COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers include single doses of Pfizer, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca and half the regular dose of the Moderna vaccine. (HMP/The MiNT)

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