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Local experts advise against Covid19 booster shots for now

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In a recent sit-down among medical professionals and the Department of Health (DOH), it was established that booster shots for Covid19 are not recommended yet for use in the country.


DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire relayed the consensus of the meeting, saying that without more evidence to establish the safety of use, booster shots are not to be administered to the public.


According to Vergeire, when a booster shot can be given is dependent on how long protection lasts from the person’s Covid19 vaccine.


She further stated that no vaccine developer has given a specific timeframe for their product’s protection, thus making it difficult to time the booster shot.


Recently, vaccine experts have also called on the public to not rush booster doses, as a large portion of the country’s population remains unvaccinated, while others are only on their first dose.


To focus too much on booster doses would divert attention and funds from first achieving herd immunity or at least 70% of the country’s total population fully vaccinated.


As of July 11, an estimated 8.78% of the country’s total population has received the first of two Covid19 vaccine doses, while 3.2% have gotten both jabs.

Photo: NPR


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