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Manila to rollout COVID-19 bivalent vax next week

June 9, 2023 Edd Reyes 322 views

THE city government of Manila will start to roll out the COVID-19 bivalent vaccination next week after the national government began its distribution nationwide.

This was announced by Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in her program The Capital Report, aired live on the official Facebook account of the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) Thursday afternoon.

“Hopefully, next week ay ma-roll out na po natin itong COVID-19 Pfizer bivalent vaccine, so abagan po ninyo,” Mayor Lacuna-Pangan said.

She clarified that only medical frontliners, health workers, and senior citizens are qualified to receive Pfizer Covid-19 bivalent vaccine.

“Siyempre, habang nagtatagal at mayroon na tayong supply, sunod-sunod na po iyan, susunod na po yung mga may immune compromise, yung me mga comorbidities, pero sa ngayon po yung unang supply ng ating bivalent vaccine ay para lang po sa ating mga health workers at senior citizens,” the mayor added.

The mayor also reminded that only those who already have their first and second dose and first and second booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive the bivalent vaccine.

She also mentioned that those who are eligible to receive Pfizer bivalent vaccine but were inoculated by non-Covid 19 or any other kind of vaccine should spend four to six months before planning to receive another vaccine.

Mayor Honey said persons who are presenting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, weakness, loss of taste and smell, shortness and difficulty in breathing and rashes are not allowed to receive the bivalent vaccine.

Even pregnant and lactating women shall not be given bivalent vaccine provided it is a joint decision by the patient and the attending physician, evidenced by a medical clearance.