The Philippines on Monday tallied 984 new COVID-19 cases as the delivery of booster shots expanded to senior citizens and individuals with weakened immunity to disease.
The day's tally brought active cases to 19,798. The Department of Health also reported 2,229 new recoveries and 218 deaths.
Overall, a total of 2,826,853 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 2,759,767 recovered and 47,288 died.
Starting Nov. 22, booster shots or third shots can be administered to Filipinos aged 60 years old and above and those with weakened immune systems due to medical conditions.
For seniors, the jab is technically called a booster because it involves the general population. For the immunocompromised, it's called the third dose because it's meant to sustain immunity from the first two doses.
Phase 1 will cover all A2 and A3-immunocompromised individuals, the Department of Health said. Phase 2 will cover the remaining A3 population. Here's a list of A3 individuals covered by Phase 1.