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NTF requests 2nd booster dose for OFWs, uniformed personnel


MANILA – The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 urged the Food and Drug Administra­tion (FDA) to allow the administra­tion of second booster dose on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and uniformed personnel.

NTF chairman Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said they submitted a request to the FDA after some manpower agencies advised OFWs, including seafarers, to have their fourth Covid-19 shot for their employment.

He said they are also seeking the second booster dose for uniformed personnel assigned in critical areas.

The National Government rolled out in April the implementa­tion of a second booster dose to immunocomp­romised persons, including those who underwent organ transplant, cancer, dialysis and HIV patients and those with primary immunodefi­ciencies.

On Wednesday, May 18, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that senior citizens and frontline healthcare workers are already eligible to receive a fourth dose.

Galvez said the National Government is expediting the approval of a second booster dose of more priority groups to further expand the country’s protection especially amid the threat of sub variants said to be more transmissi­ble.

The DOH earlier confirmed there is already local transmissi­on of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the National Capital Region, Western Visayas and Puerto Princesa.

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