— EXTRA SHOT. A military nurse prepares Covid-19 booster shots during a vaccination drive at the Bureau of Communication Services parking area at the Malacañang Compound in Manila on Thursday (Jan. 27, 2022). Government employees and their dependents availed of the additional doses. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) —

Individuals who were inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine for their primary series may now receive booster shots against COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Sinopharm has been granted an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration.

“Pwede na po kayong kumuha ng inyong booster shots (you may now avail booster shots),” Vergeire said at the Palace briefing.

The vaccines recommended for Sinopharm recipients are AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer.

Meanwhile, Sputnik Light may now be administered as a booster shot.

“Amin din pong nililinaw na ang mga nabanggit na booster doses ay naka-depende pa rin sa available vaccine sa inyong mga vaccination site o sa mga local government,” she said.

Vergeire stressed that Sinopharm and Sputnik may not be used as booster shots for pregnant and lactating women.

Only individuals aged 18 and above may avail boosters shots.

“Pinapaalalahanan po namin ang publiko na ang lahat ng bakunang ginagamit sa bansa ay sumailalim sa masusing pag-aaral. Lahat po ito ay nabigyan ng EUA at aprubado ng FDA,” she said.

(We remind the public that all vaccines used in the country were studied. These were all given an EUA and were approved by the FDA.)

“Makakaasa po kayo na ang mga bakunang ito ay ligtas at epektibo para sa COVID-19 (you can be assured that all these vaccines are safe and effective),” she added. (MNS)

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