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Eligible elderly, immunocompromised can get Covid19 booster anywhere – DOH

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The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities who received their full Covid19 vaccination within a specified number of months prior, may get their third, booster shot from any authorized jab facility.


On November 22, the DOH began its booster shot program for the elderly and people who are immunocompromised in an effort to prevent vaccine protection from waning and causing the virus to spread faster once more.


Booster rollout for frontline health care workers started two weeks ago.


“You can go anywhere to get your boosters. Just bring vaccination cards and valid ID,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated.
She added that those seeking booster shots must also present medical certificates issued by a licensed physician.


Meanwhile, local government units (LGUs) were instructed to provide designated lanes for both primary shots, or those receiving their first or second doses, and booster shots, in order to maintain an orderly process.


“There should be separate lanes for primary series and booster shots. So there will be no mix-up and confusion… We expect many seniors and immune-compromised individuals to avail of these booster and additional shots,” Vergeire explained.


Those looking to get their booster shots must also find out how long it must have been before they can receive a third dose of the life-saving jab, based on the brand they were inoculated with.


The general population is not yet eligible to receive a third dose.


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