Sputnik Light Approved as Booster Shot, DOH Says

Sinopharm recipients are now eligible to get boosters, too.
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Russia's single-shot Sputnik Light can be used as a booster, the Department of Health said Friday after its manufacturer Gamaleya received approval from local authorities.

Sputnik Light, the first component of Russian-made Sputnik V, boasts 80% efficicacy against infection and is highly effective against omicron and other variants, Gamaleya had said.

Those who were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinovac, or Moderna can get Sputnik Light as their booster, Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the Laging Handa briefing.

Those who received Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccines are now eligible for boosters, Vergeire said. They may choose to get another Sinopharm jab, or a dose of AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer as their booster.

Vergeire reminded the public that only those aged 18 and above can get booster shots.

Those who received AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, or Sinovac as their primary series need to wait three months before getting their boosters. For those inoculated with Janssen, the interval should be at least two months.

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"Hindi puwede i-booster sa mga buntis at nagpapasusong ina ang Sinopharm at Gamaleya Sputnik," she said.


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