The Department of Health (DOH) encourages eligible Filipinos to get inoculated as it launches the COVID-19 vaccination for the donated 390,000 bivalent vaccines this June 21, 2023, at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Quezon City through a vaccination ceremony to be graced by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Today, Health Secretary Teodoro J. Herbosa has instructed his executive committee members to intensify the vaccination efforts to further the population’s protection against the virus, especially the healthcare workers (A1) and Senior Citizens (A2), and to also avoid wastage.

Last March 31, 2023, the DOH issued a Department Memorandum providing guidance on the management and administration of the donated bivalent vaccines, where it is stated that an individual may be vaccinated with the bivalent vaccines after at least four (4) to six (6) months after their second booster vaccination.

“Despite the decreasing trend of the COVID-19 positivity rate of 11.6% in the National Capital Region (NCR) as of June 10, we still encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as the threat of infection still continues.
People should not be complacent, especially the senior citizens who are high-risk individuals and persons taking care of those with COVID-19. Vaccines are proven to be safe, effective and free. I am encouraging all eligible to get boosted in the vaccination sites nearest to you. In the fight against COVID-19, no one should be left behind,” expressed Secretary Herbosa.

“Para sa mas pinalakas na proteksyon, kumpletong booster ang solusyon! Magpabakuna ng unang dalawang booster ngayon at bivalent booster kapag pagkakataon mo na!” added Secretary Herbosa.