Partido Reporma senatorial bet welcomes FDA approval for booster shots

Partido Reporma senatorial bet welcomes FDA approval for booster shots

By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar welcomed the approval of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) of giving Covid-19 booster shots to all fully vaccinated Filipinos aged 18 years old and above, saying this would help in the government’s initiative to give protection to the majority of Filipinos in the face of the Omicron variant threat.

Prior to this, FDA director-general Eric Domingo announced that he had already issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Covid-19 boosters for all Filipino adults “based on the assessment of benefit and risks, similar to the recommendations provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Domingo added that the Department of Health (DoH) would soon release the specific guidelines on boosters for the general population. In addition, health undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, who heads the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), confirmed the expansion of the booster program and said the government was just finalizing the guidelines.

“In the next couple of days, we will have the boosters for all the 18 years old and above,” she said in a televised briefing.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the country’s vaccine czar, said the booster shots for the general adult population might be given as early as December 10, adding that the national government allowed the administration of booster doses to the remaining priority groups and the rest of the general population as “we have more than enough” vaccine supply.

According to Galvez, the country was set to receive 217 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this year, both procured and donated and as of Wednesday, December 1, the Philippines has received 66 percent or more than 144 million doses, the latest of which was the 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the French government.

Partido Reporma’s Eleazar expressed hope that with the continuous delivery of vaccine supplies, the government’s national vaccination program target would reach fruition, especially with the expanding efforts of the health authorities to properly educate and give information about the importance of being vaccinated amidst the threat of the new Covid variant known as Omicron.

“Noong una, medyo nahirapan tayong mapabakunahan ang marami sa ating kababayan at dahil sa hindi pa naisasaayos ang vaccine rollout. Pero ngayong may sapat na supply na tayo, magiging madali na ito at ang kailangan lamang ay makumbinsi natin iyong tumatangging magpabakuna na kailangan nila ng proteksyon laban sa Covid-19,” the former PNP chief pointed out. (ai/mtvn)

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