OFWs, uniformed personnel may also be included for a second booster dose — FDA

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UNIFORMED personnel and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may also be administered with the second booster dose, especially those leaving the country to work abroad.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Oscar Gutierrez, Jr., included in Category A are frontliners and essential workers, which also covers uniformed personnel.

The OFWs, on the other hand, are included in Category B, but it will be left to the decision of the Department of Health (DOH) if they will include essential workers to be part of those who are qualified to receive a second booster dose.

Gutierrez said what’s important here is that the vaccines to be given as second booster were approved by the FDA in terms of safety, efficacy and quality standards.

Based on the DOH guidelines, Pfizer and Moderna will be given as second booster dose for those in the A1 and A2 categories, including immunocompromised individuals, within four months after receiving their first booster shot.

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