Duterte’s Spokesman Speaks on COVID-19 Booster Shot for President

Will Pres. Duterte receive a COVID-19 booster shot?

DUTERTE – Acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles spoke on the COVID-19 booster shot for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The Philippines is still in the midst of a fight against the spread of COVID-19 which has mutated across the globe. There are now several variants of the virus and some were found with a higher transmissibility rate than the original strain.

The whole PH remains under community quarantine measures which were recently eased following the decrease in the daily recorded cases in the country. The authorities have also lifted the mandatory use of the face shields but the wearing of face masks remain.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination program in the country continues. The vaccination is now open to the adult general population and the vaccination of the children aged 12 to 17 years old has also started.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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The Department of Health (DOH) has also given the go signal for the giving of the COVID-19 booster shots. The healthcare workers are the first recipients of booster shots. The health authorities have also given their approval on the giving of the booster shots to fully vaccinated senior citizens and individuals who are immunocompromised.

With regards to the COVID-19 booster shot for Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles expressed that the Chief Executive awaits the decision of his doctor. He also expressed that it is between the 76-year-old President and his physician on whether or not it will be done in public.

“Abangan na lang po natin ang magiging advice ng kanyang physician,” Nograles said based on the report.

Several brands of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Philippines. They include Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, and Sputnik V. Some of the vaxxes were donated by other countries and the national government also loaned money to procure vaccines.

The country targets to vaccinate at least 70 million people to achieve population protection against the virus. Most vaccines were dual shots except for Janssen.

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