DOH shortens interval for booster shots against Covid-19 - SunStar

DOH shortens interval for booster shots against Covid-19

by Merlinda A. Pedrosa

FULLY vaccinated individuals can now avail of their booster shots after three months of their primary vaccination against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), an official of the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) said.

Dr. Edwin Miraflor, officer-in-charge of CHO, said all adults aged 18 and above are now eligible to receive a single-dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least three months after completing their primary dose of either AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, Sinovac or Sputnik vaccine. 

Miraflor said those administered with the single-shot Johnson & Johnson, on the other hand, are qualified to get a booster after two months. 

He noted that the new guidelines, which follow the amended Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Covid-19 vaccine boosters, were implemented on December 22, 2021. 

Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data and analysis of the Emergency Operations Center- Task Force (EOC-TF), earlier said that the city’s Covid-19 vaccination program will resume on January 3, 2002. 

As of December 20 this year, EOC-TF already inoculated 96 percent of Bacolodnons and only four percent of the population eligible for vaccination has yet to be vaccinated.

In the first quarter of 2022, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. is also considering inoculating children aged five to 11 years old and that they are expecting to inoculate 50,000 children in Bacolod City.

The EOC-TF will also coordinate with private and public schools in the city to determine the total number of students to be inoculated next year.*

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