Sat. May 28th, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) will apply for an amended emergency use authorization (EUA) for the administration of a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine after discussions with all expert groups are finished, an official said Wednesday.


“We know that the VEP made recommendations about the fourth dose or second booster for select population,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in Filipino in a Palace briefing.

She noted the priority groups that experts consider for the fourth dose include the senior citizens and the immunocompromised.

“So, that’s being studied carefully and when talks are done, we will apply for an amended EUA for the fourth doses for our senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals,” she said in Filipino.

Earlier, VEP member Dr. Rontgene Solante said a fourth dose or second booster may not be needed for the younger population or immunocompetent.

The third dose or first booster may be enough for them as protection against the severe type of Covid-19, he added.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard showed a total of 137.352 million doses of Covid-19 have been administered as of March 9. About 10.676 million of the total doses were given as booster shots. 

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