2nd COVID booster shot will soon be available to adults 50 above, with comorbidities

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A man gets a COVID booster shot in Valenzuela City, Philippines.
A hospital worker is inoculated with a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease in Valenzuela Medical Center, Valenzuela City, Philippines, April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Filipinos aged 50 and above and adults with comorbidities will soon be allowed to get their second COVID-19 booster shot according to the Department of Health (DOH).

In its guidelines released Tuesday (July 26), the DOH said that only COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna would be used for the second booster dose.

The release comes after the DOH launched the “PinasLakas” program, which aims to vaccinate at least 23 million people with boosters within the first 100 days of the Marcos administration.

The health department also said that the jab should be given at least four months after the first booster.

Additionally, eligible individuals only need to present their vaccination card and a valid ID to receive the second booster shot.

“A medical certificate is NOT required, even for those with comorbidities. The medical screener or doctor at the vaccination site is authorized to assess and make the determination,” the DOH said.

“Eligible individuals may soon check with the announcements of their nearest LGU or private sector vaccination site for the deployment schedules, and are asked to be ready with their vaccination card and valid ID,” it added.

The announcement comes after the Food and Drug Administration expanded the Emergency Use Authorization of certain COVID-19 vaccine brands as second boosters for the expanded population groups.

“The DOH, along with other government agencies and private sector partners, aims to increase vaccine coverage nationwide,” the statement added.

As of Wednesday, the total COVID-19 caseload nationwide was 3,755,403, with 27,643 active cases, 3,667,084 recoveries, and 60,694 deaths, based on DOH data.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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