Health authorities started administering bivalent COVID-19 shots to priority groups Monday, June 26, as the Department of Health together with Mayor John Dalipe, City Health Office and Zamboanga City Medical Center spearheaded the Regional kick off of the third booster vaccination for A1 and A2 at the ZCMC conference room.
Mayor Dalipe said with the bivalent vaccines, the government possesses the means to protect communities, safeguard people’s health and revitalize local economy. “By embracing this vaccine and encouraging widespread adaptation, we can create an environment that is safer for residents and visitors of our city,” he emphasized.
“I invite you all to spread the word, to educate your friends, families, and neighbors about the importance of vaccination. Let us dispel any doubts or fears, and encourage everyone to embrace this Bivalent vaccine as a symbol of hope and resilience. Together we can build a stronger, healthier, and a more prosperous city and region.” Dalipe added.
City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite said the CHO will follow prioritization and the guidelines provided by the DOH. She said coverage will be expanded as soon as vaccines will be sufficient.
Nonetheless, she said, booster doses for COVID-19 is still ongoing and that one can only be eligible for the bivalent vaccine, 4 months after the second booster dose.
Present during the regional launching ceremony were DOH-Zamboanga Peninsula Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes, ZCMC Chief Dr. Afdal Kunting and other health officials.
On March 31, the DOH issued a department memorandum on the management and administration of the donated bivalent vaccines.
The guidelines state that first to be inoculated are health-care workers and senior citizens. The memorandum also states that an individual may be vaccinated with the bivalent vaccines after at least 4 to 6 months after their last booster vaccination. (Ma. Bernadeth Lazaro/ CMO-PIO)