PH already administered over 100K COVID-19 vaccine booster shots –DOH

Published November 25, 2021, 2:32 PM

by Analou de Vera

A healthcare workers receives a COVID-19 vaccine during the launching of booster vaccination for medical frontliners at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City on Nov. 17, 2021. (Photo: NTF Against COVID-19)

The Department of Health (DOH) said more than 100,000 Filipinos have so far received their booster shots against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“As of Nov. 24, there are a total of 102,102 booster or additional doses given across the country,” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a press briefing on Thursday, Nov. 25.

“We were already able to give boosters for our healthcare workers at 69,971; for our senior citizens at 21,139; and for those immunocompromised individuals for their third doses, we have 10,992,” she added.

Vergeire said that the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot program is being implemented in all regions of the country.

“Nag-umpisa na po lahat ng ating regions for the booster and additional doses na programa ng ating gobyerno (All our regions have already started giving booster or additional doses),” she said.

To note, the government first rolled out the program on Nov. 17 among the country’s healthcare workers.

The administration of booster shots for senior citizens and additional doses for immunocompromised individuals started on Nov. 22.

Based on the DOH data, there are a total of 1,638,917 healthcare workers who are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, there are 8,254,531 senior citizens and 9,021,220 people with comorbidities, which include immunocompromised individuals who are eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines in the country.