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The first booster is only chosen by 1 out of 5 Filipinos who are eligible.

Only 14.85 million out of the five Filipinos who are eligible for a first booster have received the necessary third dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

The Department of Health (DOH) stated on Thursday that concerned organizations should concentrate on encouraging more adults to easily access their first booster vaccination.

This comes after Joey Concepcion, the president’s advisor on entrepreneurship, asked for the administration of a second booster shot to employees or workers who support the economy.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA emergency )’s use authorization (EUA) only permits a second booster or fourth dose for healthcare professionals, older citizens, and immunocompromised adults, according to the DOH in a Viber message to journalists.

Additionally, the DOH is putting this into practice through the NVOC (National Vaccination Operations Center), as recommended by the HTAC (Health Technology Assessment Council). For patients with weakened immune systems that are not given enough protection from the first booster, a second booster or the fourth dosage using the existing vaccines is recommended, the government added.

Due to their high-risk patient exposures, healthcare personnel receives the second booster.

Vaccination cannot be used until the FDA has granted a EUA, HTAC has given a favorable recommendation, and DOH-NVOC has issued implementation guidelines.

As mandated by Republic Act 11525, also known as the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act, HTAC takes into account the best available evidence, as well as the requirement for a World Health Organization recommendation.

The department of health requested that its business partners “please help get the jab done by encouraging all staff, store owners, and others to obtain their first booster.”

As of June 20, the government has immunized more than 70 million people, or 77.85 percent, of its target population.

More than 682,000 healthcare workers, elderly people, immunocompromised people, and people with comorbidities have received their second booster doses, bringing the total number of people who have had their first booster injection up to around 14.8 million.

All government officials and employees have been recommended to get the Covid-19 vaccine by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

In order to show its support for the government’s National Immunization Deployment Plan and to encourage government agencies to “implement strategies and incentives to encourage their staff to comply with the Covid-19 vaccination,” the CSC adopted Resolution No. 2200239 on June 16.

No employee would, however, be forced to get immunized, either directly or indirectly, such as “being discriminated against in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay, and other non-discretionary benefits, or being forced to take a leave of absence chargeable to leave credits,” according to the CSC.

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