The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 has not given the go signal to administer booster vaccine shots of the Covid-19 jab and asked for patience as authorities try to procure more jabs.
NTF chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Sunday booster shots are still forbidden in the country, with only a little over 10 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
“This is still forbidden, the booster shot, considering that only a small percent of our population are fully vaccinated. Just more than 10 percent are already fully vaccinated and there are more Filipinos, more than 90 million, still working to be vaccinated. We are asking our people to be patient and we are morally obliged to wait for our turn,” Galvez said in Filipino during the media briefing shortly after the arrival of 469,200 doses of the American-made Moderna vaccine at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Sunday.
“Let the others finish their turn,” Galvez added.
He cited experts’ advice that booster shots are more effective after about nine to 12 months.
“It will be better for us to administer booster shots starting on the first quarter next year,” he said.
He reiterated the NTF will go after “vaccine hoppers” or those who register for vaccination in different cities in order to get more than two doses.
Of the newly arrived Moderna vaccines, 319,200 doses were procured by the Philippine government while 150,000 were purchased by the private sector, including the International Container Terminal Services
Galvez thanked the US government and Moderna for the continuous shipment of jabs.
“I would like to thank the US government and Moderna for allowing us to have access to these very effective vaccines. We are very thankful that Moderna has given us regular deliveries,” Galvez said.