COVID task force mulls booster shots for A4 category in December due to Omicron threat

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THE country’s COVID-19 task force is mulling the possibility of administering COVID-19 booster shots to eligible government and economic frontliners starting next month as a precautionary measure against the Omicron threat.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday that since the country now has sufficient vaccine supplies, the national government is accelerating the timeline for the administration of booster shots to the A4 category.

Yung A4 po ay dini-discuss namin dahil maganda ang ating vaccine deliveries, mayroon na po tayong 142 million [doses] na delivered na po ngayon, [baka] pwedeng iakyat po natin ang A4 lalo na ‘yung mga nabakunahan 6 months ago pa,” Galvez said.

Pwede namin itong i-open sa mga taong kailangang mabakunahan na kasi nakita natin ‘yung Omicron na nasa Europe na, at expected nating baka dumating dito one to two months from now,” he explained.

Galvez earlier said that booster shots for the A4 category might begin as early as December 10, or during the second leg of the National Vaccination Days set from December 15 to 17.

Galvez also reiterated his call on the public to get vaccinated and continue observing minimum health standards to achieve a better Christmas despite the Omicron threat.

Ito po ang pinakamagandang gift natin sa ating sarili, sa ating mga kababayan, sa ating pamilya. Kung gusto nating magkaroon ng magandang Christmas, disiplina at bakuna ang solusyon sa pandemya,” he added.

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