DOH approves second booster for Filipinos aged 50 and up, adults with comorbidities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — The Department of Health (DOH) has released the guidelines for the nationwide rollout of a second COVID-19 booster shot for Filipinos aged 50 and above and adults with comorbidities.

In a statement released Tuesday night, the DOH said COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna would be used for the second booster dose. It should be given at least four months after the first booster.

"This follows the expansion of the Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration of certain COVID-19 vaccine brands to allow their use as second boosters in the expanded population groups, and the recommendations provided by the Health Technology Assessment Council to the DOH Officer-in-Charge," the DOH said.

The DOH also said eligible individuals will only need to present their vaccination card and a valid ID to receive the second booster dose.

A medical certificate will no longer be required for people with comorbidities as doctors at the vaccination site are authorized to assess and decide on such cases.