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How Many Booster Shots Do You Need? Just One for Now, Says DOH

The FDA's emergency authorization allows only three jabs total.
by Pia Regalado
Dec 9, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

The Department of Health on Thursday said a fully-vaccinated person for now needs just a third jab, not a fourth, even with the threat of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire warned of possible adverse effects if a person receives more than three jabs since the emergency use authorization from regulators cover only up to the third dose.

The government started rolling out third dose or booster jabs to fully-vaccinated adults last Dec. 3, for those who have had a six-month interval from their second dose.

Authorities are also studying the possibility of annual or semi-annual administration of booster shots, depending on the immunity the vaccines provide and the emerging coronavirus variants.

"If you receive two doses instead of the one dose, mas attenuated o mas emphasized ang reaction sa inyo kapag ganun and the long-term effects pinag-aaalan pa po 'yan."

Vergeire said the government would not be accountable for those who will experience adverse effects after receiving two boosters.

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"Sana po lagi nilang tatandaan, government will recommend as to the appropriateness at saka 'yung magiging epekto sa katawan ng isang tao so kapag nagsabi po ang gobyerno na isang dose lang ang booster shot natin, that is already sufficient to protect the population."


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