PH receives more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2021   •   196

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, which contains a total of 918,450 Pfizer shots, arrived on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The additional vaccine jabs were donated by the United States government through the global alliance COVAX Facility.

“We’re really proud to be part of this effort here in the Philippines to vaccinate the Filipino people including teenagers and children so we can get them back to school,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava said during an interview at the NAIA Terminal 3.

This shipment is part of the 1.8 million total doses committed to the Philippines from the US government donation through COVAX Facility, the NTF said.

The remaining doses consisting of 924,300 are expected to arrive on Monday, October 11, it added.

NTF against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. thanked the US government, COVAX, World Health Organization, and UNICEF for the latest Pfizer shipment.

“We are very thankful that our 100 million target will be achieved considering that we have faithful allies that really wanted to help us in this time of need,” Galvez said.

As of October 10, a total of 86,494,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to the country, of which 22,561,180 doses came from the COVAX facility.

 

Over 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government has arrived in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, containing a total of 1,078,740 shots, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

These shots were procured by the Philippine government through the Asian Development Bank, it added.

The task force said this is the first of the three deliveries for the 2,394,990 Pfizer vaccine doses that were purchased by the government.

The succeeding shipments are expected to arrive on Thursday and Saturday.

To date, the Philippines has received more than 144 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands since deliveries started in February.

Booster shot, third dose para sa mga senior citizen, immunocompromised, inumpisahan na

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Inumpisahan na ng pamahalaan ngayong araw ng Lunes ang pagbabakuna ng booster shot para sa mga senior citizen o nasa A2 category.

Third dose naman ang sinimulan nang ibigay sa mga nasa A3 category na immunocompromised.

Batay sa guidelines na inilabas ng Department of Health (DOH) para sa mga nasa A3 category, limitado pa lamang ito para sa mga may sakit gaya ng HIV, cancer, transplant patients, may immunodeficiency at mga pasyente na sumasailalim sa immunosuppressive treatments.

Payo ng DOH sa mga immunocompromised, maiging kumonsulta muna sa kanilang mga doktor at alamin kung anong brand ang nararapat nilang ipabakuna bilang third dose.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, ito ay para matukoy kung ano ang brand na aakma sa kanilang medical condition.

“Ang mga may comorbidity must always consult with their physicians. They cannot make this unilateral decision on their own. They have to consult with their physician para ma guidance,” ani Duque.

Sa guidelines ng DOH, maaaring mamili ng brand ang mga senior citizen at immunocompromised para sa ikatlong dose ng bakuna.

Pero para naman sa head ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) na si Dr. Nina Gloriani, maari pa ring magpabakuna ang mga senior citizen ng kaparehong brand ng kanilang naunang dalawang dose.

Isa si Gloriani sa nabakunahan kanina ng booster shot sa ceremonial vaccination sa East Avenue Medical Center.

Sinovac ang ipinaturok nito na booster shot na kapareho rin ng kanyang unang dalawang dose.

Habang Pfizer vaccine naman ang ipina-booster shot ni Doctor Jaime Montoya ng DOST, na bakunado ng Sinovac sa kanyang primary series.

Payo naman ng DOH, sa mga senior citizens na pasok rin sa kategorya ng immunocompromised, makakabuti rin kung magpapakonsulta muna sila sa kanilang doktor bago magpabakuna ng booster shot.

Muli namang nagpaliwanag ang ahensya hinggil sa pagkakaiba ng booster shot at third dose na ibinibigay sa mga fully vaccinated na laban sa COVID-19.

“The booster dose simply means you are giving it to a group of individuals who have received the primary series. Halimbawa, Sinovac, the assumption is they will reach a level o adequate antibody protection,” ani Duque.

“But over time that protection wanes. That’s why you want to boost it with the third vaccine. Now, third dose will be particularly for the immunocompromised, people who never really reach an adequate level of antibody protection. You’re giving 3rd dose in the hope they will respond better with the 3rd dose,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, hindi pa masabi ng DOH sa ngayon kung kailan mag-uumpisa ang pagbibigay ng third dose sa iba pang nasa A3 category maging sa general population.

Gayuman, siniguro ng pamahalaan na may sapat ng supply ng mga bakuna ang bansa para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagbibigay ng booster shots.  /mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

LIST: Conditions of immunocompromised persons eligible for COVID-19 booster shots

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday released a list of conditions for immunocompromised individuals that will qualify them for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Immunocompromised persons with the following conditions are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • HIV
  • Cancer/Malignancy
  • Transplant patients
  • Undergoing steroid treatment
  • Patients with poor prognosis/ bed-ridden patients

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH met with experts on COVID-19 vaccine to discuss and prepare the guidelines for the administration of booster shots for immunocompromised individuals (A3) and senior citizens (A2).

“Gagawin lang po namin ang guidelines and we will be announcing through our National Vaccine Operations Cluster kung kailan po maguumpisa ang pagbabakuna ng booster or 3rd doses para sa ating mga nakakatanda or A2 and those individuals with immunocompromised states,” Vergeire said.

The Philippine government started administering booster shots for fully vaccinated healthcare workers this week.

“There were already 2,488 booster doses administered last Nov. 17 among our healthcare workers. Meron ho tayong kaunti na nagkaroon ng reaction, it’s about 2 percent of all of these,” she said.

“Lahat po ay na-manage accordingly and they were all sent home na they were well. Wala tayong serious na adverse events na naitala para dito sa mga naka-received na ng booster doses,” she added.

Vergeire said that most of the adverse events reported were mild such as headache, elevated blood pressure, fever, and pain on the injection site.

She stressed that healthcare workers are not required to get an additional vaccine dose.

Vergeire also reminded the public that the booster dosing is not yet recommended for the general public, adding that its implementation to other priority groups will be done in phases.

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