The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the administration of Covid-19 booster shots to all fully-vaccinated health workers starting on Thursday (November 17).
The IATF said it will issue guidelines today for the administration of Covid-19 booster shots for healthcare workers, but initially said it recommends Moderna, Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines for such.
This, as the Philippines received a latest shipment of the US-donated Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to the on Monday night, further boosting the country’s supply as it readies booster shots for the healthcare workers.
The plane carrying a total of 301,860 doses, coursed through the COVAX Facility, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 around 10:10 p.m.
In an interview, Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor, National Task Force Against Covid-19 strategic communications head on current operations, thanked the US government for the donation.
He said these vaccines would be intended for healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, and the indigent population.
Mayor said the government is preparing for the administration of booster shots but it is still waiting for approval and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We are just waiting for the approval of the expert panel and the guidelines from the WHO and DOH (Department of Health) and the vaccine cluster before implementing the use of a booster shot,” he added in Filipino.