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4th dose against COVID-19 recommended for OFWs, seafarers: PH Vaccine czar

Administration of the fourth dose COVID-19 vaccine or the second booster is recommended of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and seafarers per Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. 

"...they should also look to include the seafarers kasi kinakailangan po ng seafarers po natin saka ng OFW na kailangan fourth dose na rin po sila kasi dito po sa Qatar at saka dito sa UAE, nire-require po ng kanilang employer na fourth dose na po," Galvez said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that the Food and Drug Administration has already issued emergency use authorization for the administration of second boosters for the immunocompromised, senior citizens, and health workers.

However, the recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) for now is to only administer these doses to immunocompromised individuals.

"Because of the current urgency of the situation, we are appealing to the HTAC to expedite the inclusion of the healthcare workers kasi ‘pag nag-uptick po tayo, hawa-hawa po ang ating healthcare workers," Galvez explained.

DOH warned of a potential COVID-19 case surge if the public relaxes on its compliance to minimum public health standards. (Photo: UNICEF)

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