COVID-19 patient can get booster shot after isolation — DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) — Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 may get their booster shot right after their isolation period and when their symptoms subside, according to the Department of Health.

"As long as you have no symptoms and [have] completed your isolation period, kayo po ay pwede [nang] makakuha ng booster shot [you may already take your booster shot]," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Vergeire issued the reminder on Saturday as authorities admitted COVID-19 vaccination is slowing down due to the ongoing wave of infections.

Under the latest DOH guidelines, mild and asymptomatic cases, as well as probable cases, should isolate for seven to 10 days, depending on whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

Moderate cases must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, while severe cases and the immunocompromised must isolate for 21 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

As of Jan. 16, the Philippines has 3.2 million COVID-19 cases, including 287,856 active cases, a record-high in the number of infected people.

Metro Manila is still the region with the most cases. The DOH has confirmed the spike in infections in the capital region is caused by the community transmission of the highly contagious Omicron variant.