Kids’ need for COVID-19 booster shot being studied, says vaccine panel head

Vaccine Expert Panel chairperson Dr. Nina Gloriani on Friday said they are studying providing booster shots against COVID-19 to children.advertisement

Gloriani said during the day’s Laging Handa public briefing when asked for an update on the recommendation regarding the giving of a second booster shot to adults.

“May rekomendasyon na po specifically sa elderly, immunocompromised, yung mataas ang exposure at vulnerable sa COVID-19 kasi nag-open tayo,” she said.

(There is a recommendation for a second booster shot specifically for elderlies, immunocompromised, those with high exposure and vulnerable to COVID-19 cases because we have opened up.)

“Hindi po muna yung mga general population pero meron din pong tinitignan din naman po yan, at baka kailangan din ng booster sa mga bata, tinitignan po, ongoing po lahat ‘yan sa ngayon,” she added.

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(The general population is not yet being considered, but we are also looking into that, and perhaps the need for booster shots for children. We are looking into all of that right now.)

On February 24,  the panel said the government is not yet recommending booster shots to children aged 12 to 17 as there are no studies yet to prove that their immunity wanes after receiving the primary series.

“Sa ngayon, very recent lang naman na nabigyan sila ng bakuna eh so they should still be protected. Hindi pa. Hindi pa nare-recommend,” Gloriani earlier said.

(They have been vaccinated very recently, so they should still be protected. The government is not yet recommending booster shots for them.)

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Jose “Joey” Concepcion III earlier warned that some 27 million vaccine doses are going to expire in three months if unused.

Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) chairperson Dr. Myrna Cabotaje said the government is looking at including booster dose as a requirement for an individual to be considered as fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Gloriani, during Friday’s Laging Handa briefing, maintained that two doses “are not enough.” —KBK, GMA News

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