Second booster shot available for senior citizens, frontline health workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18)— Senior citizens and frontline health workers can now get their second COVID-19 booster shot, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, the agency said the sectors can avail of mRNA vaccine brands such as Moderna and Pfizer in a bid to boost immunity against COVID-19 especially with the threat of the new Omicron subvariants.

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“After careful study and consideration of the best available evidence, we shall now roll out effective immediately the second booster for our frontline health workers and senior citizens,” DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje was quoted as saying.

The additional shots shall be given at least four months after the administration of the first booster dose, according to DOH guidelines.

The Food and Drug Administration greenlighted the second boosters for priority sectors in April. The initial rollout, however, only covered people with weak immunities.