The Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) of the Department of Science and Technology may come up with a decision on the administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots next week, an official said Friday.
Dr. Nina Gloriani of VEP said experts are constantly discussing the possible administration of booster shots and “many things are being considered.”
“By next week baka meron na tayong maging desisyon diyan [By next week we may have a decision regarding booster shots],” Gloriani said in a radio interview.
“Tuloy-tuloy naman yung aming pag-uusap pero maraming kino-consider [Discussions are ongoing and many things are being considered],” she added.
Should booster shots be allowed, Gloriani said healthcare workers will be again prioritized.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the country’s vaccine czar, earlier said the government is negotiating with four manufacturers for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
Galvez did not identify the manufacturers, although he said Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac is willing to donate 500,000 booster doses for medical workers.
Galvez said they are just waiting for the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, and VEP.
The Duterte administration has requested for standby authority from Congress to buy P45.367 billion worth of booster doses next year. —KBK, GMA News
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