Over 592,000 health workers yet to get 2nd booster shot vs Covid-19—DOH

Coronavirus vaccines have been prepared for distribution at a vaccination site in Manila on May 18, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

The Department of Health (DOH) said that more than 592,000 health workers in the country have yet to receive their second booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

At present, the DOH has already provided second booster shots to 603,905 health workers.

“Out of the 1,196,107 eligible A1 population, 592,202 are currently due for second booster doses,” the DOH said.

To recall, the DOH allowed the administration of second booster shots to health workers last May.

Currently, the second booster shot is only available for health workers, individuals aged 50 and above, and those 18 to 49 years old with comorbidities.

As of Dec. 12, the DOH has already provided second booster doses to a total of 3,691,412 eligible individuals.

The second booster shot is not yet for the general population, the DOH noted.

“The review process is always ongoing and when new evidence comes in we can then assess and recommend second boosters for the general population while going through the proper regulatory process,” the DOH said.