DOH urges infected individuals to get booster shot after isolation

By Isabella Magno

After admitting that the rising wave of COVID-19 cases caused the deceleration of vaccination drives, the Department of Health (DOH) released a statement advising COVID-19-positive individuals to get their booster shot after completing their isolation period and when their symptoms have completely subsided.

In addition to providing information on how to administer the booster jabs, the latest DOH guidelines also reduced the mandated number of isolation days of persons with mild and asymptomatic infections, as well as probable cases, to seven to 10 days as long as they are fully vaccinated. 

On the other hand, those with moderate symptoms must be quarantined for 10 days, while those with severe symptoms and the immunocompromised must be isolated for 21 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

Moreover, the health sector reiterated other standards regarding one’s eligibility for getting a booster shot. 

The list of eligible individuals for a booster shot included those who had their second dosage of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik, Moderna, or Sinovac in the last three months, as well as those who received their one-shot Janssen vaccination two months before acquiring the booster dose. 

Although over 4.9 million booster doses have already been distributed, the DOH is still continuing its campaign for more individuals to get their booster shots as the Philippines recorded 492 more Omicron cases as of January 19, accounting for almost 70% of the 714 positive samples sequenced on January 13 and 14. 

It has been identified that the surge in COVID-19 infections in the first half of January is caused by the “highly infectious” Omicron variant.

Sources:

Cabico, G. (2022, January 17). A guide to getting a booster shot after COVID-19 infection. Philstar. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/01/17/2154489/guide-getting-booster-shot-after-covid-19-infection

Cator, C. (2022, January 16). COVID-19 patient can get booster shot after isolation — DOH. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2022/1/16/DOH-on-booster-shots-for-COVID-19-positive-individuals.html

Magsambol, B. (January 19, 2022). Philippines detects 492 more Omicron cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/covid-19-omicron-variant-cases-philippines-january-19-2022/