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The government has been pushed to allow localities to perform booster vaccinations.

On Thursday, a congressman petitioned the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow private subdivisions or villages to administer booster vaccinations to their citizens.

With the government’s decision to cut the duration for delivering the booster dose from six months to three months, Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo said officials can expect crowding in numerous immunization facilities.

Many rural people, according to Castelo, are frightened of contracting the virus if they attend crowded vaccination facilities.

She also mentioned that village associations, notably those in the city’s second district, are willing to provide booster vaccinations to their residents.

They would not be short of volunteer medical physicians, nurses, and other health workers, according to Castelo.

“We should applaud many people’s willingness to be protected further by Covid-19 and its new variation Omicron. Allowing homeowners’ associations to offer the booster dose will relieve overcrowding at inoculation facilities,” she said.

Expanding the introduction of boosters, she noted, would hasten the development of herd immunity against the coronavirus epidemic in 2019. (Covid-19).

Adults may be given booster doses at least three months after having their second dose, and at least two months after receiving their primary single-dose immunization, according to the revised policy.

AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik are all two-dose vaccines, whereas Janssen is the country’s only single-dose vaccine.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, stressed the significance of “massively” delivering booster dosages now that the Omicron form has officially entered the country.

“Iyong mag-boostering po tayo ng enormously, particularly po iyong mga (we should massively administer booster shots, particularly to those who received their vaccine) three months and above,” Galvez added.

According to him, the National Task Force proposes widespread booster immunization in the National Capital Region.

“Yung mga centers nabakunahan ng mga una ng March, April, May, June, July, kailangan na po na magpa-booster na po sila,” Galvez said, warning that there might be a “breakthrough” or a possible rise in Covid-19 cases due to new variants.

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