HUNDREDS of healthcare workers in Bacolod City have already availed themselves of the booster shots against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as of Sunday, November 21, 2021, Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center, said.

Ang said among those who received their booster shots were 30 dentists, who are all members of the Philippine Dental Association, Inc.-Bacolod City Chapter.

She said the dentists received their booster shots on November 18 at the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO).

Department of Health (DOH) Memorandum on the administration of Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Dose stated those who are under Group 1A or the Essential workers in the Frontline Health Services classified under A1.1 to A1.7 should be prioritized.

“We need an additional dose or the booster dose to excite our immune system and to give our body a proper amount of immune response in case the Covid virus will enter our system again,” CHO officer-in-charge Dr. Edwin Miraflor, said.

He said seven Bacolod hospitals and the Ayala Malls Capitol Central are designated areas to administer booster doses to the priority group A1.1 to A1.7.

“During this time, our senior citizens with comorbidities can avail of the booster dose. Vaccinees can also choose what brand of vaccine they want,” Miraflor added.

Under the Emergency Use Authorization issued by the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health recommended the use of Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac as booster doses regardless of the brand used for the primary series.

Sinovac will also be offered as a booster for those that had such brand of vaccine as primary series, the FDA added.

Ang earlier said they already allocated vaccines for the hospital-based healthcare workers, as well as staff members of the CHO, adding that the booster shots are given to those who have been fully vaccinated for more than 14-days after the second dose and six months after the primary vaccination.

Ang said that the City Government will also open all barangay vaccination sites for the national vaccination program from November 29 to December 1, 2021.

She said the City Government wanted to reach their quota of 66,000 individuals to be vaccinated in the three-day inoculation activity or 22,000 individuals per day.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia also encouraged non-vaccinated residents to take part in the upcoming National Vaccination Day.

“This is one way for us to achieve herd immunity and a safer Bacolod,” the mayor said.