DOH – Booster shot may now be taken three months after the second dose
Those who are waiting for their turn to take their booster shot for COVID-19 will not be waiting for long. This is after the Department of Health announced that booster shots for COVID-19 may now be administered to individuals three months after taking their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To be specific, those adults who have taken either Sinovac, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Sputnik vaccines may take the booster shot three months after their second dose. While those who got the Janssen vaccine will be allowed to take their booster shot two months after taking the said single-dose vaccine.
Previously, the DOH has stated that to be eligible for the booster shot, one must be at least 18 years of age and have taken their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine 6-months before taking the booster shot.
As for the type or brand of vaccine for booster shots, the individual may choose the type of brand as recommended by the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC). The booster shot brand or type may be different from the type or brand of the two doses initially administered to the individual.
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Note, however, that the booster shot is only allowed to adults at least 18 years of age. The Department of Health reiterates that booster doses are not yet recommended to minors ages 12-17 years old.