THE DOCTOR’S CALL: Administration of booster shots has begun for medical frontliners, senior citizens, and select persons with comorbidities this week across the nation’s capital.

Among those with medical condition that can be inoculated are only the following: Immunodeficiency state, People living with HIV, Active cancer or malignancy, Transplant patients, and Patients under immunosuppressive treatments.

Ospital ng Tondo hospital director Dr. Myrna Lacson-Paloma explained that having a booster shot would result to an additional level of protection against COVID-19.

“Mahalaga ang booster shot sa lahat ng tao especially sa ating mga seniors citizens, patient with comorbidities, patients natin na immunocompromised, at lalo na ang mga healthcare workers natin dahil sila ang mga tao na madaling mahawa sa virus dahil mabilis na nawawala ang kanilang proteksyon,” Dr. Paloma said.

“Kaya importante magkaroon ng booster shot upang may karagdagan tayong proteksyon, mas maiwasan ang malubhang pagkakasakit at kamatayan,” she added.

According to Dr. Paloma, booster shot hesitancy among the A1, A2, and select A3 priority groups can be observed primarily due to the side effects experienced by the public.

With this, she said that continuous campaign and booster shot education amongst the public should be done. Based on records, about 23,872 shots have already been administered for the three priority groups.

“Kailangan natin i-campaign sa ating mga kababayan na ang ating antibodies ay bumababa with time. Ibig sabihin nito habang tumatagal, mas nagiging less ang proteksyon natin sa COVID at mga variant nito. May ilang COVID viruses na nag mumutate sa paglipas ng panahon,” Dr. Paloma said.

OsTon’s hospital director thus encourage the public to receive their third shot of COVID-19 vaccine to protect not only themselves but also their loved ones.

“Kapag ikaw ay nakatanggap ng booster shot, ang proteksyon ng ating katawan laban sa infection o malubhang pagkakasakit ay mas lamang keysa sa mga taong nakakuha lamang ng 2 doses at hindi pa nababakunahan,” she said.

“Habang tayo ay may supply pa ng bakuna kapag ikaw kay nabakunahan na, get boosted. Vaccines really do protect us and our love ones from infection!” Dr. Paloma added.