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Press Release/ 03 June 2022

The DOH-Center for Health Development-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) kick-started administering a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines among its employees and their relatives in the vaccination activity held at the regional office in Quezon City on Monday, May 30, 2022.

92 regional personnel and their kins have received their second booster shot, while 18 children from 5-11 and 12-17 age groups got their second dose of vaccine, and two adults acquired their primary doses.

Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia strongly emphasized the importance of enhanced protection against the COVID-19 virus and its variants among healthcare workers in performing their duties -"Laging nasa frontline ang mga health workers natin kaya nararapat na maibigay ang karagdagang proteksyon laban sa COVID-19 hindi lamang para sa kanilang sarili kundi maging sa kapakanan at kaligtasan ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay," Valencia stated.

In the DOH guidelines, the first booster dose may already be given to fully vaccinated 18 years old and above three (3) months after completion of the primary dose series of the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinovac, Gamaleya, and AstraZeneca vaccines; and at least two (2) months after completion of the primary dose series of Janssen vaccine.

The second booster dose may be administered to individuals eighteen (18) years old and above who belong to Priority Group A1 (Essential Healthcare Workers),  Priority Group A2 (Senior Citizens), and Priority Group A3 (Persons with Comorbidities) to enhance the protection given by the first booster and the primary series against all variants.

The COVID-19 vaccines to be used are Pfizer and Moderna, to be given at least four (4) months after administering the first booster dose.

Valencia reiterated his call for fully vaccinated adults to avail the free booster shots from their local government unit implementing sites.

“We highly encourage the fully vaccinated senior citizens, the essential healthcare workers, and immunocompromised adults, to visit the nearest vaccination site and get their second booster shot. Mahalaga na mapataas, mapalakas pa ang proteksyon natin at makaiwas sa malalang kumplikasyon na dala ng COVID-19,” he emphasized.

Based on the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC), as of May 31, 2022, CALABARZON Region recorded 2,391,816 individuals who received the first booster dose, while 50,663 received the second booster shot.

The overall number of fully vaccinated in the region reached 10,277,090 or 76% of the total target population coverage and 10,778,881 individuals with at least the first dose.

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Ms. Theya Pangoronon, RN,(left) of DOH-CHD-Calabarzon, administers a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the vaccination activity held at the regional office in Quezon City, May 30, 2022.

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Mr. Paul Vincent Santos (right) of DOH-CHD-Calabarzon talks to a senior citizen about to receive her second booster shot during the vaccination activity held at the regional office in Quezon City, May 30, 2022.