The UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) gym has been selected by the Quezon City local government as a vaccination site for its city-wide COVID-19 booster shot rollout from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27
This is in addition to the Philippine government recently announcing its three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, for which UP Diliman (UPD) will also serve as an inoculation site during the entire duration.
In an email exchange with DZUP, the UP Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs added that the Nov. 29 schedule will exclusively be for the booster shot inoculation of UPD faculty, REPS, and employees who are among the eligible priority groups.
According to Dr. Maria Dulce Natividad, project head of “Bakunahan sa Diliman,” only the booster shot rollout for the aforementioned UPD constituents will be prioritized for the time being.
“We don’t have a schedule yet for the regular vaccination. The focus of the QC campaign this week until next is the administration of booster shots. We will know after next week if the LGU can still provide vaccines for first doses,” she said.
Eligible booster recipients
The Department of Health (DOH) announced the expansion of the COVID-19 booster inoculation to senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3) beginning Monday, Nov. 22.
This comes after healthcare workers and essential frontliners (A1) were initially permitted to receive their booster shots.
In the latest DOH public advisory released on Nov. 21, key guidelines for the expanded booster shot rollout were explained.
Apart from the A1 population, only the following people who are fully vaccinated may be administered with the COVID-19 booster shots as of writing:
- Booster doses to senior citizens: and
- Additional or third dose as part of the primary series to individuals with comorbidities in immunocompromised state.
- Immunodeficiency state
- People living with HIV
- Active cancer or malignancy
- Transplant patients
- Patients under immunosuppressive treatments
Included in the advisory is the prescribed schedule and combination of vaccine doses relative to the primary series they initially received.
The DOH and National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center reiterate that the booster shot rollout is “not yet available for the general population.” DZUP