Philippines authorizes booster shots for general adult population

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker vaccinates an elderly woman with Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Makati Coliseum, in Makati, Philippines, May 4, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
FILE PHOTO: A health worker vaccinates an elderly woman with Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Makati Coliseum, in Makati, Philippines, May 4, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

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 authorized booster shots, but the DOH will determine when to start the immunization.

Booster shots include Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, 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 utilize 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 authorized 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.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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