The Muntinlupa City government has started giving second booster shots on April 26 to immunocompromised people.
Data from the City Health Office showed that 14 people were vaccinated with the second booster shot on the first day.
Of the 14, four were in Barangay Alabang, three each in Cupang, Putatan and Tunasan, and one in Poblacion.
As of April 26, a total of 128,361 fully vaccinated individuals have received their first booster shots in Muntinlupa.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on April 13 the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approving the second Covid-19 vaccine booster shot to senior citizens, immunocompromised people and frontline healthcare workers.
According to the Department of Health (DOH)), the second booster shot is being given “in cognizance of current evidence of waning immunity and protection from severe disease.”
The DOH announced that the immunocompromised population aged 18 and above will be the first to be given a second booster shot, and frontline healthcare workers and senior citizens will follow.
Under a DOH memorandum, immunocompromised individuals are classified as those with immunodeficiency state, HIV, active cancer or malignancy, transplant recipients, undergoing steroid treatment, patients with poor prognosis / bed-ridden patients, and other conditions of immunodeficiency as certified by a doctor.
The vaccine brands to be used for the second booster shot are Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca.
The second booster shot is administered three months after a person receives the first booster shot or third dose.
According to the DOH, the second booster shot will be given based on the following volumes:
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: 0.3 ml/dose, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: 0.25 ml/dose (half of the regular dose), Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine: 0.5 ml/dose, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine: 0.5 ml/dose and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: 0.5 ml/dose.