Gov't urged: mRNA vaccines good for 3rd shot, adopt mix-and-match policy to avoid wastage

A health reform advocate urges the government to consider giving an additional dose of mRNA vaccine to health workers and immunocompromised patients to prevent wastage of expiring doses that were earlier shipped to the country.

10/22/2021 9:00:00 AM

A health reform advocate urges the government to consider giving an additional dose of mRNA vaccine to health workers and immunocompromised patients to prevent wastage of expiring doses that were earlier shipped to the country.

A health reform advocate urges the government to consider giving an additional dose of mRNA vaccine to health workers and immunocompromised patients to prevent wastage of expiring doses that were earlier shipped to the country.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) —A health reform advocate urged the government on Friday to consider giving an additional dose of mRNA vaccine to health workers and immunocompromised patients to prevent wastage of expiring doses that were earlier shipped to the country.

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Dr. Tony Leachon, a former special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, told CNN Philippines'The Sourceon Friday that the government should fast-track the regulatory approval of a third shot of mRNA COVD-19 vaccine, following reports of over 400,000 Moderna doses that are about to expire.

"At least man lang for mRNA vaccines this can actually be a good third dose for healthcare workers and for those high-risk patients para di naman siya masayang(so that these doses would not be put to waste)," he said."That particular regulatory approval should actually be in place so we can use that." headtopics.com

The Department of Health earlier said that a third dose is different from a booster shot. Boosters are given to those whose COVID-19 immunity has waned over time after vaccination while a third dose is for those who did not generate a strong immune response following COVID-19 immunization.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the Philippine government will start administering third doses to the vulnerable sectors who were vaccinated against COVID-19 from March to May.READ:PH eyes third COVID-19 shot for health workers, vulnerable sectors by November

 The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts earlier advised that an additional dose of all WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines be offered to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. It also said a third dose of Sinovac and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to persons aged 60 and above and those whose immune systems are diminished.

Leachon noted that for those who were inoculated with Sinovac, the government should already heed this advice of the WHO SAGE or consider adopting the latest authorization of the US Food and Drug Administration to use Moderna and Johnson & Johnson as booster in a"mix and match" approach, especially since Sinovac was reported to have a waning efficacy after at least six months of protection. headtopics.com

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RELATED:US FDA authorizes booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match OK So far, no clear guidelines have been released on the administration of additional COVID-19 shots to health workers and immunocompromised who were vaccinated from March to May.

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