Mindanao Times

4th Covid-19 dose for vulnerable sectors approved


MANILA – The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 and the National Vaccinatio­n Operations Center (NVOC) are preparing the logistics for the rollout of the fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose or the second booster.

The Food and Drug Administra­tion (FDA) has approved the emergency use authorizat­ion of the second booster dose for vulnerable population­s that include senior citizens, those with comorbidit­ies, and medical front-liners.

In a prerecorde­d Talk to the People aired late Monday night, NTF chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are just waiting for a “positive recommenda­tion” from the Health Technology Assessment Council on the administra­tion of the second booster.

"[N]aaprubahan na po ng FDA ang pag-administer po ng fourth dose or ‘yung second booster (The FDA has already approved the administra­tion of fourth dose or the second booster),” Galvez reported to President Rodrigo Duterte.

He noted that the Department of Health and NVOC are crafting the guidelines and protocols for the rollout.

NVOC chairperso­n Dr. Myrna Cabotaje earlier stressed that the vulnerable population must avail of booster shots as immunity wanes over time.

Galvez said they are aiming to improve the administra­tion of first booster shots to at least 40 million adults and 10 million children aged 12 to 17.

So far, only 12,641,887 Filipinos or 17.52 percent out of 66.9 million fully vaccinated have received the first booster dose.

Meanwhile, the government still needs to provide protection to some 1.8 million unvaccinat­ed senior citizens. (PNA)

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