Got antibody treatment? DOH says wait 90 days to be vaccinated

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — Despite recently allowing the immediate vaccination of patients who recently recovered from COVID-19, the Department of Health has advised those who have received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody treatments to wait a little longer.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday said those who received these two treatments should wait three months before getting their shot.

"For those who have received convalescent plasma at monoclonal antibody, ang 90 days ay ire-retain natin sa policy [We will retain the 90 days in our policy for those who have received convalescent plasma at monoclonal antibody]," she told a media briefing.

Convalescent plasma and monoclonal antibody treatments are being used as an adjunctive therapy so patients can fight off the infection by helping them build antibodies.

The government recently revised its guidance that COVID-19 survivors need to wait for 90 days since they can still avoid reinfection due to the natural antibodies they developed after the initial infection. The DOH is now advising survivors to immediately get vaccinated if they're eligible due to the ongoing surge in cases.