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MANILA, Apr 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health announced Wednesday that vaccination guidelines have been revised to allow the inoculation of COVID-19 survivors after recovery, or completion of treatment.

In its memorandum 2021-0175, the DOH revised an earlier circular stating that recovered COVID-19 cases must wait 90 days before getting vaccinated.

“All vaccine recipients who contracted COVID-19 may be vaccinated after recovery or completion of treatment, whether for first or second dose, without restarting the vaccine dose schedule,” the latest memorandum indicates.

Earlier, the Vaccine Expert Panel recommended that COVID-19 survivors be allowed to get a jab two weeks instead of 90 days from recovery.

Also, the DOH memorandum states that pregnant and lactating women who belong to priority groups may be vaccinated. However, pregnant women in their first trimester will not be given a vaccine.

Adults with controlled comorbidities will also be asked to show a prescription, medical certificate, hospital or surgical records, or any other similar proof of their condition to vaccination teams.

On the other hand, the Philippine Heart Association has urged people with hypertension or heart disease to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of April 12, the Philippines has vaccinated over a million individuals belonging to the top three priority groups — health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.  (MNS)

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