Booster dose vaccinations to 174,267 individuals from Priority Group A1 or health workers in the Bicol Region are now in the planning stage.
These health workers are the ones who had completed the primary doses of the Covid-19 vaccines whom the Department of Health (DOH) said will be vaccinated with booster doses.
Qualified health workers may receive a single shot booster dose six months after they are vaccinated with the first and second doses of the two-doses vaccine, or three months after being injected with the single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
Among the two-doses vaccines used in the region are the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinovac, Gamaleya, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
According to DOH, the extra dose of the vaccine can help boost the body’s immune response, while remaining effective in lowering the risk of more serious conditions.
The injection of booster doses may also coincide with the approaching National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1, 2021.
Health workers are priority, although LGUs continue to plan and prepare to vaccinate other priority groups such as senior citizens and persons with co-morbidity.
Simultaneously with the start of booster doses in the country, DOH Bicol is once again urging all Bicolanos aged 12 and above who have not yet received even one dose of the vaccine to get vaccinated.