The World Health Organization (DOH) did not specify any brand of vaccine that needed to be administered a third time, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.
“Kailangan po natin ilagay sa konteksto ito. Unang-una ‘yung official document na lumabas po sa WHO did not specifically state any type of vaccine,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during PTV’s Laging Handa briefing.
(We have to put this into context. First of all, the official document released by the WHO did not specifically state any type of vaccine.)
“Ang maliwanag lang po doon, ang sinasabi doon ay kailangan ng third doses sa mga immunocompromised individuals at maaari rin sa ating mga ating nakakatanda,” she added.
(What is clear is that those who need third doses are the immunocompromised and maybe the senior citizens.)
Vergeire issued the clarification amid claims that China-made vaccines needed to be administered thrice due to a shorter efficacy period.
The Health official said such claims could affect vaccine confidence.
She reiterated that the WHO did not specifically mention any vaccine brands that need a third dose.
“‘Yung mga nagsasalita sa media and they were the ones who mentioned the specific types of vaccines,” Vergeire said.
(Those who spoke to the media were the ones who mentioned specific types of vaccines.)
Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center Chair Myrna Cabotaje earlier said that vaccine manufacturers should apply for an emergency use authorization (EUA) to provide a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot to those who have completed their primary doses.
Cabotaje clarified that booster doses are given to those with waning immunity after several months of primary doses, while the third those are provided for those who may have not mounted sufficient immunity against COVID-19 such as senior citizens, healthcare workers, and those immunocompromised. — DVM, GMA News