The Department of Health announced late Tuesday night (December 21) that all Filipinos aged 18 and above are already eligible to receive a single-dose booster shot just 90 days after receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from manufacturers AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik.

Previously, it was announced that there should be a six-month interval between the second dose and the booster shot. On the other hand, those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can have their booster shot just 60 days after receiving their single-dose.

“We are exploring all possible options to safely mitigate the effects of more transmissible variants of COVID-19. The approval came at an opportune time as several countries also re-strategized in light of the Omicron and other COVID-19 variants that may emerge,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained.

DOH rules on booster shots 90 days
Filipinos can be eligible to receive a booster shot against COVID-19 90 days after being fully vaccinated. (Photo credits: Department of Health)

Last month, the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration prescribed the following arrangements as regards the administration of booster shots:

1) Individuals given with the Sinovac COVID-19 primary dose series may be given with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose.

2) Individuals given with AstraZeneca COVID-19 primary dose series may be given with Pfizer, or a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose.

3) Individuals given with Gamaleya Sputnik V primary dose series may be given with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose.

4) Individuals given with Ad26.COV2.s (Janssen) COVID-19 primary dose series may be given with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose.

5) Individuals given with a Pfizer COVID-19 primary dose series may be given with AstraZeneca or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose.

6) Individuals given with a Moderna COVID-19 primary dose series may be given with AstraZeneca or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose as a booster/additional dose

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