“The DOH plans to engage its community of experts within the month to come up with evidence-based and data-driven recommendations with regard to the 2nd booster dose.”
4th COVID-19 Vaccine Shot For The Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised
A fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot refers to a second booster shot given to people after the primary shots have been administered. This provides another layer of protection as the primary doses may decrease their effectiveness over some time. This COVID-19 vaccine also aids in the maintenance of strong immunity against severe coronavirus disease.
There are many medical conditions that can make a person immunocompromised, or have a weakened immune system. Any person may fall under this said category if one has any of the following:
- Undergoing active cancer treatment for tumors and other blood cancers
- Received an organ transplant and continuously in medications to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years and currently taking medications to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (i.e., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advance or untreated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
- Treatments with high-dose corticosteroids or other medications that may counter the immune response
Given their medical condition, people should discuss having their COVID-19 vaccine shots with their healthcare provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes that individuals who have been vaccinated receive a booster dose if they are eligible.
DOH Considers Holding National COVID-19 Vaccination Drive
The DOH stated that it would prioritize the fourth national COVID-19 vaccination drive before reaching a decision.
Before reaching a decision, the DOH stated that it would prioritize the fourth national COVID-19 vaccination drive.
The “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign will prioritize remote areas with low vaccination rates.
According to the weekly COVID-19 data report, fully-vaccinated individuals now total 63,690,701 (70.76% of the target population). There are also 598,206 additional individuals from February 28 to March 6.
Individuals who have received booster shots total 10,554,093, with additional 416,218 people in the same time period.