Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant and his wife Lally greet and meet up two of his supporters during a provincial campaign sortie in Laguna. (Photo supplied)
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA — Partido Reporma senatorial bet retired Gen. Guillermo Eleazar is asking health workers, senior citizens and people with comorbidities to have themselves administered with reinforced vaccination in order for them to be protected against emerging variants of Covid-19.
In a bulletin, the health department announced that those belonging to vulnerable sectors, particularly frontline workers and the elderly, may begin receiving their fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose or second booster shot by the end of April.
This was welcomed by Eleazar as it would give the vulnerable sectors of the population additional protection, especially since the coronavirus has continually been mutating to other variants of concern and have been causing surges in countries across the globe.
The former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief also noted that additional protection through a fourth vaccine jab or second booster shot against Covid-19 is also needed as health safety restrictions are now being eased up due to decreasing number of Covid infections and transmissions.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang pandemya kaya kailangan natin ng proteksyon laban dito. Hindi tayo puwedeng magpabaya at mahalagang handa tayong gawin ang nararapat para maiwasan nating kumalat muli ang sakit,” Eleazar, himself a Covid-19 survivor, pointed out.
According to health undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje disclosed that the DoH has already sought from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an amendment to the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Covid-19 vaccines in the country, to allow their use as a fourth dose or second booster shot.
“Once the amended EUA is approved and its guidelines are drawn up, the administration of the new doses could begin … by the last week of April,” Cabotaje said at the Laging Handa briefing.
The health official explained that the doses are given so far to health workers and the vulnerable sectors “need … to be strengthened with an additional shot, in view of the Omicron mutation of the coronavirus, which has already entered the country, and the other variants of concern that may arrive.”
She urged the public in certain areas to get inoculated, as she announced vaccination schedules in the Davao region, Cebu province, and Cotabato City, from March 29 to March 31, and in the Bangsamoro region, from March 30 to April 1. (ai/mtvn)