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An adviser to Duterte has called for a faster rollout of boosters for Filipinos.

Due to the threat posed by the Omicron version, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has requested the government to speed up the distribution of booster vaccines against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).

Concepcion, who is also the creator of Go Negosyo, claims that the country has a sufficient supply of vaccines, which should be distributed promptly to the unprotected and as booster doses to those who have completed their vaccinations.

During Go Negosyo’s town hall meeting on Wednesday, he added, “We have the vaccines, and it will be those vaccines that will provide that wall of protection.”

The OCTA Research Group, a Go Negosyo partner, likewise recommends a four-month delay between the last dose and booster shot.

Concepcion and OCTA research fellow Fr. Nicanor Austriaco said in a joint statement that data suggests immunization efficacy against Covid-19 “substantially drops” after roughly five months, and sometimes sooner, depending on the type of the vaccine.

“We don’t want to risk losing our immunity.” It will put our kababayans in jeopardy. Given the extra supply, our country should consider closing the gap in the months ahead to protect more of our kababayans,” Austriaco remarked.

He also mentioned Denmark’s recent announcement that booster injections would be given after 4.5 months, as vaccine effectiveness begins to decline beyond five months.

To avoid a big rise in the face of the Omicron variant’s threat, he said the national government should plan to provide boosters to Filipinos in the first half of 2022.

At least 26 private-sector organizations requested the national government last month to enable their vaccines to be used as booster doses for their employees and family members.

Given the improved global supply situation, the nation has enough vaccines to roll out.

On Wednesday evening, around 2.25 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations are slated to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The private sector was responsible for obtaining these injections.

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