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DOH: Totally different vaccine model as 2nd COVID-19 booster shot ‘simpler’

DOH: Different vaccine brand as 2nd COVID-19 booster shot ‘more effective’

FILE PHOTO: Well being Usec. Myrna Cabotaje. Screengrab from RTVM

MANILA, Philippines — Utilizing a unique vaccine model as a second booster shot can be “simpler” in combating COVID-19, in line with the Division of Well being (DOH).

Well being Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, the pinnacle of the Nationwide Vaccination Operations Middle, echoed the advice of the federal government’s Vaccine Skilled Panel (VEP) for the usage of a unique vaccine model as a second booster.

“A unique model can be simpler as a result of it tries to provide further safety exterior of the common or the homologous major booster,” Cabotaje defined throughout an interview with ABS-CBN Information Channel on Friday.

“They’re pondering that it’ll have a greater impact, it’s a complementary impact to the unique vaccine doses which have been given,” she added.

Nonetheless, Cabotaje mentioned utilizing a unique vaccine model as a second booster shot is barely a suggestion for now.

“There are preferences and based mostly on research, the latest scientific trials are displaying that there could also be extra benefits. Nevertheless, these are suggestions,” Cabotaje mentioned.

“They’re simply finalizing tips in the present day to get consensus on—primary, that heterologous booster, age group, and the ultimate conclusion of what’s included as immunocompromised,” she added.

Dr. Nina Gloriani, the chair of the federal government’s VEP, on Thursday mentioned the rollout of the second booster shot for eligible teams can be accessible and prepared for approval by Well being Secretary Francisco Duque.


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