Prep work for booster shots now underway — NTF

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THE country’s COVID-19 response task force said prep work is already underway for the rollout of booster shots.

According to National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., the NTF is now preparing for the rollout of booster shots for healthcare workers and immunocompromised individuals following the recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC).

Galvez explained that the NTF is now starting to secure supplies for the said priority groups while waiting for the amendment of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the vaccines to be used as booster shots, as well as the review from the DOH All Experts Group,

Sa healthcare workers, we will allot more or less 2 million doses and we have enough doses for them. Regardless of the brand, mayroon po tayo na nakatabi,” Galvez said.

And then for the immunocompromised and elderly, we will be requiring 5 million, and we also have enough doses with the succeeding deliveries,” he added.

Galvez said the administration of booster shots may begin by November depending on the month a healthcare worker or immunocompromised was vaccinated.

Individuals under these categories who were vaccinated in March, April, and May will be qualified to receive the booster shots.

Galvez said around three million individuals are expected to belong to this priority group.

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