Gov’t continues to prioritize vax for elderly, immunocompromised

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MANILA – Senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities will continue to be prioritized as the government expands the vaccination program with booster doses for more sectors.

Apart from health workers, Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response, Secretary Vince Dizon stated on Monday that immunization of the elderly and immunocompromised will always be among the priorities.

“But, since we have enough [vaccine] supply, sabay-sabay na tayo (we can do it simultaneously),” he said in an interview during a mall vaccination activity in Bacoor, Cavite.

The government continues to encourage Filipinos to get their primary doses and booster shots as soon as they are eligible — three months for Janssen and six months for all other brands.

The second phase of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” massive vaccination drive will be conducted from December 15 to 17, with the goal of reaching the 54 million population protection target by the end of the year.

Aside from health care workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities, the economic workers and indigent population may now avail themselves of booster shots and additional Covid-19 doses, Department of Health Assistant Secretary, Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana, said.

Laxamana stated that the second round of “Bayanihan, Bakunhanan” will inoculate children aged 12 to 17, as well as administer primary doses and booster shots.

The three-day drive will allow walk-in vaccinees, with a target of seven million jabs.

The administration of second doses will also be prioritized this month.

According to the most recent data from the national Covid-19 immunization dashboard, the Philippines has administered 96,282,497 doses, with 54,644,780 doses used as as first jabs, 40,881,035 as second doses, and 756,682 as booster shots.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.