Wed. May 18th, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) will start today (Monday) the administration of Covid-19 booster shots to senior citizens and persons with immunodeficiency.

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The latter includes people with HIV, cancer or malignancy, transplants and patients under immunosuppressive treatments who can choose their booster dose. This means those who had been inoculated for at least six months with Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna may have a booster dose of the same brand or not.

On November 17, the government rolled out the booster vaccination for health care workers to increase the level of their antibodies against Covid-19.

Among the health care workers who received their booster shots since Wednesday last week, only a few experienced mild side effects, such as pain in the injection area, headache, fever, and an increase in blood pressure, said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“All of them were managed accordingly and nobody was hospitalized and we did not get any bad outcome,” she said.

“We are still trying to evaluate the data as to how many got homologous and how many got heterologous vaccines among our health care workers. What we can say right now is the adverse reaction among our health care workers after getting their booster is low),” she added. 

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