The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said that more than 6,000 healthcare workers have already received booster doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines.
“As of November 18, naka-6,457 tayo sa buong Pilipinas na mga healthcare worker na naturukan ng booster shot kontra COVID-19,” Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in an interview on Dobol B TV.
(As of November 18, there are 6,457 healthcare workers all over the country who got jabbed with COVID-19 booster shots.)
The National Capital Region (NCR) has the most number of health care workers who got inoculated with booster shots at 2,811, followed by Cordillera Administrative Region with 1,457, and Region III with 1,541.
Cabotaje said the DOH is still collecting data from other regions.
The Philippines began the inoculation of booster doses to healthcare workers on Wednesday.
The DOH recommended that health workers use either Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac as booster doses regardless of the brand used for the primary series of vaccination based on the emergency use authorization issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
The DOH said Sinovac will also be offered as a booster for those that had Sinovac as primary series.
Healthcare workers can choose which brand they prefer for their booster shots.
The DOH official said that the government can begin the inoculation of booster shots for the general population next year.
There have been calls earlier for the government to start giving booster shots among the healthcare workers, the immunocompromised, and the elderly as they may be at risk considering reports on breakthrough infections. –KG, GMA News