According to a DOH executive, there has been no suggestion to utilize booster injections in the Philippines.
The use of booster injections for individuals who have been completely vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to Filipino health experts, has not been recommended yet, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday.
Vergeire said in a Laging Handa briefing that there is a lack of “complete data” about the effectiveness of the extra vaccine as well as the immunity that the first doses give against the illness.
She also expressed concern about the paucity of research on alternative vaccinations that are presently available in the Philippines, such as China’s Sinovac and Russia’s Sputnik V.
“This is because there are many people who are concerned about the safety of ganitong practices, and there are many others who want to double their efforts to adopt them. As of right now, no booster injections are being recommended by the aforementioned experts. (We must exercise extreme caution when implementing these types of procedures since we must ensure that they are safe.) Currently, our specialists do not suggest these booster injections at this time) “” she said.
The fact that booster doses are being distributed at this time means that “we’re going to put apart” individuals who had not yet gotten their vaccinations when the distribution started, Vergeire said.
“Because our vaccines are still insecure in terms of supply, we must ensure that everyone receives the initial two shots and, if sufficient evidence becomes available, we will study the issue and make an informed recommendation,” she said. “Now that our vaccines are still insecure in terms of supply, we must ensure that everyone receives the initial two shots and, if sufficient evidence becomes available, we will study the issue and make an informed recommendation,” she added.
It was previously revealed by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC that it is in discussions with Moderna to obtain about 50 million doses of booster injections by 2022.
According to Vergeire, the nation has vaccinated about 12.9 million individuals thus far.