November 1, 2021

Boosters are “worth it” once the entire population has been vaccinated, according to experts.

Booster vaccinations would only be worthwhile if the entire population had been immunized against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to an infectious disease expert on Friday.

In a Facebook post, infectious diseases expert Dr. Edsel Salvaa, who is also a member of the Department of Health’s Technical Advisory Group, stressed that primary Covid-19 vaccination is still beneficial after six months in preventing serious sickness and death.

“Prioritizing vaccination of the unvaccinated over the minimal benefit of boosters will result in a significant reduction in the number of individuals admitted to hospitals.” “There will be more hospitalizations among the unvaccinated if vaccination doses are diverted for boosters,” he warned.

Salvaña went on to say that the Filipino society would gain more from the government’s vaccination program if the present stockpiles of Covid-19 dosages were used to inoculate as many individuals as possible before administering extra injections to those who had already been vaccinated.

“Now that the vaccine program is open to the whole public and children aged 12 and up, let’s get as many people vaccinated as possible.” “After the majority of Filipinos have been safeguarded, we can decide on giving boosters,” he said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media conference on Friday that the country’s scenario, which has seen a high frequency of the Delta form among cases, has proven that Covid-19 vaccines work.

“Hindi po tayo naoverwhelm nung dumating ang Delta variant, bagamat nahirapan at na-challenge po lahat (Our healthcare systems were not overwhelmed when the Delta variant arrived, despite the fact that it was difficult and challenging for all), even NCR, even all the hospitals were challenged, but we were able to get through it, and one of the biggest factors for that is the vaccine,” she said.

As established in clinical trials and studies, vaccines never claimed 100 percent efficacy against Covid-19, according to Vergeire.

“‘Yung kapag fully vaccinated ka na, you can still carry the infection on, hindi po natin ikakaila (We don’t deny that you may still pass the infection on even if you’re fully vaccinated).” “From the beginning, we’ve made it clear that these vaccines are designed to protect people from serious diseases and death,” she said.

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