Personnel from the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Health inspect the new shipment of 1,497,200 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Parañaque City on Monday (Dec. 6, 2021). The latest data show the Philippines has administered a total of 91,777,433 doses of coronavirus vaccine nationwide, with 38,168,603 Filipinos now fully vaccinated. (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

Booster shots now open for all adults

Fully-vaccinated Filipino adults are now allowed to receive booster shots, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

DoH added that they may receive a booster dose regardless of the vaccines administered in the first two doses. Those who received Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna may receive the same brand as booster or choose a different vaccine.

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine will receive a heterologous booster of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna, while those who had been inoculated with the single-dose Janssen vaccine may receive a booster dose three months after their shot.

The DoH added that the National Vaccination Operations Center will issue additional guidelines in the inoculation of booster shots.

The Food and Drug Administration earlier amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) of booster vaccines.

Giving booster doses started November 17 for health care workers and November 22 for senior citizens and immunocompromised persons with comorbidities.

The DoH earlier deferred administering boosters until a recommendation was made by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts for Immunization.

With the threat of the Omicron variant, Filipinos are feeling obliged to take booster doses.

Vaccination Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said government has sufficient vaccines for booster shots and the primary series.

Galvez had announced that government purchased 20 million more doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, while the WHO said the global Covax Facility will be delivering 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 10 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.

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