Philippines authorises booster shots for general adult population

03-Dec-2021 Intellasia | Yahoo Philippine | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved COVID-19 booster shots for the general adult population amid the threat of the more contagious Omicron variant.

The FDA authorised booster shots, but the DOH will determine when to start the immunisation.

Booster shots include Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfiser, Moderna, Gamaleya Sputnik, and Janssen.

Except for Janssen, which may be administered three months after the patient’s last primary vaccine, almost all brands need six months between the primary and booster shots.

The DOH has previously proposed booster combinations for persons receiving various brands. Healthcare professionals received booster doses on November 17, as they were the first to get vaccinated and the drug’s potency declines with time.

Companies can utilise the coronavirus vaccinations they bought as booster injections, but they must follow government standards on which populations are already entitled to receive further doses of the vaccine, Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Sunday, November 28.

In late November, only health workers (A1) and older citizens (A2) were authorised to obtain boosters, while immunocompromised individuals were able to receive third doses, according to a statement from the Philippines.

The DOH said on Tuesday (November 30) that up to 313,836 people are getting booster vaccinations. Since March 1, 2021, the Philippines has received up to 86.42 million COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to the latest DOH statistics, COVID-19 has killed 48,545 persons in the Philippines.


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