More than 40 million people need booster shots

MORE than 40 million fully immunized people have remained unable to receive their booster shots despite qualifying to receive additional doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines.

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said nearly 75% of fully vaccinated people who qualified to receive boosters did not receive their extra doses.

“There are 54.4 million people who are due for booster doses, of which 13.7 million or 25% have already been boosted,” the DOH said.

“There are 40.6 million left to boost,” he added.

Earlier, Undersecretary for Health Myrna Cabotaje said the low number of people receiving boosters could be attributed to a lack of sense of urgency.

“They know the importance of getting reminders, but they don’t know the urgency. Some don’t want to miss work, so they haven’t gotten their reminders yet,” Cabotaje said earlier.

Despite this, the DOH began providing a second reminder to seniors and frontline health care workers.

Second boosters can be given at least four months after the first booster is given.

The data showed that there are 1,090,778 healthcare workers who are already eligible for a second booster dose.

There are also 2,143,251 eligible seniors. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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