Not recommended for those who have received their second Covid-19 booster: Palace
More than 72.1 million people who have received their final dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine should not receive a second dose, Malacanang warned on Saturday.
The Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that only individuals 50 years of age and older, as well as those 18 to 49 years of age with comorbidities, should receive the second booster or fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Cruz-Angeles stated that the DOH would nevertheless intensify its “PinasLakas” Covid-19 vaccine program to encourage more Filipinos to take the first booster.
The DOH has stated that giving second boosters to everyone is not a solution to the problem of Covid-19 vaccine wastage, so she wrote in a Facebook post, “Kaugnay ito sa isyu ng Covid-19 vaccine wastage, kung saan sinabi ng DOH na nahi solusyon dito ang pagbibigay ng second booster para sa lahat.”
Cruz-Angeles added that a current study is looking into the possibility of giving another booster shot to other priority groups.
“Giving [second booster] to other priority groups is still being investigated to ensure that everyone is protected against Covid-19,” she added. “Pinag-aaralan pa ang pagbibigay nito sa ibang priority groups para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng lahat laban.”
The DOH revealed on Monday that as of August 12, a total of 20,660,354 Covid-19 vaccinations had been discarded.
Vergeire disagreed with the notion of giving a second booster shot to everyone in the nation who had received their entire course of vaccinations despite the vaccine being wasted.
Vergeire stated that there is still not a “full and enough foundation” to administer a second booster to more than 72.1 million people in a press conference on Friday.
“They are saying we have to use all the vaccinations by giving them to the rest of the population as a second booster injection,” she said. “Sinasabi nila kasi, para maubos na lang ang bakuna, payagan na ang rest of the population for the second booster shot.”
“We make decisions based on facts and science. The health of Filipinos must be guaranteed and safeguarded. By stating that we won’t administer vaccines to our countrymen without enough proof, we are also announcing that we would not administer vaccines to our fellow citizens, “Vergeire threw in.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization that restricts who can receive a second Covid-19 booster to those who are 50 years of age and older, as well as those who have comorbid conditions and are in the 18 to 49 age group.
Only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be administered as a second booster dose.
Only once the eligible persons have received the first booster shot and at least four months have passed may they obtain the second shot.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took an extra dosage of the Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday to demonstrate that the vaccine is “safe, effective, and necessary” to boost immunity against severe coronavirus infection.
The “PinasLakas” Covid-19 booster program was started by the DOH on July 26 in an effort to keep the nation’s barrier of immunity against the virus strong.
Before October 8, 2022, the 100th day of the Marcos administration, the DOH wants to increase booster dose coverage to 50% of the entire target population.
According to data from the DOH, as of August 14, roughly 17,015,413 of the 72,107,090 people who have been fully immunized have gotten an additional dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine.
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