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CALABARZON started to roll out booster shots against the COVID-19

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | December 04, 2021
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As the COVID-19 cases continue to go down, the restrictions ease for another two weeks as the alert levels and lockdown remain low for many areas. For health updates, booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines have also begun to roll out in CALABARZON to strengthen the efficacy of vaccines for those with comorbidities.

Batangas IATF also proposed stricter health protocols for unvaccinated children in commercial spaces.

Health News: Booster rollout started in CALABARZON

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the booster vaccine rollout officially started in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon). The booster vaccine will be distributed to vaccinated immunocompromised individuals and senior citizens [2]. In addition, the booster shots began at Dream Zone in Batangas City.

Booster vaccines or shots are found to supply extra protection against COVID-19. The initial vaccines are already effective, but a booster shot strengthens its efficacy—which is very helpful for the vulnerable population like seniors and those with comorbidities. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque also pointed out that individuals can choose their preferred brand of booster vaccine, whether it’s Galameya, Sputnik, Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca. Individuals must also present their valid IDs and vaccination cards at any vaccination site.

Only vaccinated kids allowed in malls - IATF

A group of medical experts from the Philippine Medical Society (PMS) urged the government to push for health protocols that only allow fully vaccinated children against COVID-19 in public and commercial areas.

PMS President Dr. Benito Atienza leads this initiative in his meeting with Batangas IATF sector. He adds that parents should refrain from bringing children under four years old and below in public places like malls since children can get infections in high transmission areas. The Batangas IATF also approved of this initiative and has submitted the proposal to the national IATF.

Present data show that children have a high mortality rate when infected with COVID-19. Last November, a two-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 after spending a day in a shopping mall [3]. During the early lockdown, minors were not allowed to go out. Vaccines for children below ten years old were yet to be given the signal by the national government.

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All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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