In late April, the 4th dose was discussed for seniors and front-liners.
MANILA, Philippines — Once the emergency use authorization (EUA) is obtained, the fourth coronavirus vaccine dose for elderly citizens and medical front-line workers could be available by the end of April, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje stated in a Laging Handa briefing that the agency has applied for revisions to the EUA of chosen vaccinations to be administered as a second booster dose.
“Hinahanda na po natin ang ating mga guidelines at patuloy na nakikipagtalastasan sa mga eksperto,” she said, “and we continue to debate this with our experts.”
“Ito ay uumpisahan pag ma-approve ang EUA at guidelines. Tinatanya natin mga last week of April baka puwede nating simulan ito (Once the EUA and guidelines have been approved, we will begin this in the last week of April) “she continued.
Individuals in high-risk and vulnerable categories, as well as those in the A1, A2, and A3 populations, will receive the additional dose, according to the DOH.
Cabotaje emphasized that two vaccine doses are insufficient for susceptible individuals because protection fades with time, especially in the elderly, necessitating the need for a third shot.
As of this writing, 11.7 million people have received their third dosage of the coronavirus vaccine.
As of March 24, the country had fully immunized over 65.5 million individuals. Cabotaje was the source of the information.
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