The national government can already buy COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but administering them will have to wait until the vaccination of the country’s entire target population is completed, Malacañang said.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque noted that only 18 percent of the Philippines’ eligible population have been fully vaccinated so far.
Roque said, “All I can say is that (the procurement of booster shots) is in our proposed budget. Once that budget is approved – even without approval, we can procure them. But for now, we are still vaccinating the entire Philippines…So let’s talk about booster shots later.”
The administration of President Duterte has allocated 45.3 billion pesos for booster shots in the proposed 2022 national budget.
The Department of Health has yet to approve the injection of booster shots to fully vaccinated persons, citing insufficient data about its safety and the limited supply of jabs.