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Vax experts are recommending a shorter time between the second and booster doses.

The vaccination expert panel is set to recommend a shorter delay between the booster shot dosages and the second dose of the basic series of Covid-19 injections, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“Dr. Nina Gloriani, the leader of the vaccination expert panel, was the first person I spoke with. She told me yesterday that they will formally prescribe a three-month gap between the second and booster doses “In a press conference, Duque stated.

He stated that the six-month period may be reduced to three or four months and that this would apply to all vaccine brands approved for booster doses.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted in a separate online media conference that announcements on the shortened period are still deemed “theoretical” because bits of information on how much additional protection it could provide are still missing.

“Lahat po iyan ay nasa initial na pag-aaral pa lang (All of these are preliminary research),” she noted, “but the government can always decide.”

Vergeire pointed out that the country’s health and vaccine specialists had previously suggested a shorter delay between booster doses and the second dose of the primary series of Covid-19 vaccines exclusively for immunocompromised people.

“Kailangan mabigyan na natin sila ng booster doses within 28 days or more kasi kailangan nila, ‘yan palang ang may siyensya, yan po ang may basehan (They need to be given booster doses within 28 days or more kasi kailangan nila, ‘yan palang ang may siyensya, y

However, due of the hazards posed by the varieties of concern, the Department of Health has already ordered the Food and Drug Administration to review all scientific findings and see if the vaccine expert panel may already recommend decreasing the gap, according to Vergeire.

Until now, all adults could have another Covid-19 shot six months after their second dose of AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sputnik V, or Sinovac vaccination.

Those who received Janssen injections will just have to wait three months.

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