The Philippines’ use of COVID-19 boosters shots will be decided next week by the country’s vaccine expert panel. 

According to the panel’s chair, Dr. Nina Gloriani, the discussion on the use of the shots has been in progress, however, many factors are being considered before a final decision is made. 

“By next week, baka meron na tayong maging decision diyan. Tuloy-tuloy naman ‘yung aming pag-uusap pero you know marami kasing kinoconsider no, ‘yung breakthrough infections sa health-care workers,” Dr. Nina Gloriani said in an interview with Teleradyo.

Gloriani said protecting healthcare workers is their utmost priority, but they have to balance it out as vaccine supply is still not enough. 

However, Gloriani noted that once booster shots are approved, they’ll prioritize frontline health workers. 

Previously, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said he’s open to the idea of providing booster shots, specifically for those fully vaccinated with Sinovac. This came a month after a study was released showing a drop in antibodies for those inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine six months after the second dose was given. 

Although booster shots show promise when it comes to immunity, the World Health Organization (WHO) is asking countries to ‘hold back’ when it comes to providing them as there’s still no solid evidence to back up claims that it can prevent breakthrough infections. 

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