UP webinar to discuss updates on 2nd COVID booster

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

Three weeks ago, the Department of Health (DOH) approved the recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) to give a fourth dose or second booster of the COVID-19 vaccines AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Sinopharm to the immunocompromised population for ages 18 years old and above. These include those receiving cancer treatment, immunosuppressants, and those with advanced or untreated HIV infection, among others. 

Recently, the clamor from the healthcare workers, senior citizens, and overseas foreign workers has spurred the discussion to expand the giving of this second booster to this vulnerable group. Are the vaccines enough to cover both second booster and primary series doses? What’s the latest update on the vaccination coverage in our country? Are there new studies showing the efficacy and need for second boosters?

This Friday, May 13, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.

In the upcoming episode of the UP “Stop COVID Deaths webinar series titled “ISA PA NGA: Kailangan ba talaga ng 2nd COVID-19 booster?” two leading experts in immunology will discuss the latest on COVID-19 booster doses and the rapidly evolving evidence surrounding these.

Dr. Marysia Recto will discuss the Clinical Evidence for recommending the second booster dose for the different populations.  Dr. Jenifer Otadoy-Agustin will discuss the immunologic side effects with a review of adverse events following immunization in the Philippines.

Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose, Deputy Director for Health Operations at UP-PGH, will provide the synthesis and deliver the closing remarks.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Join us to learn about the latest anti-viral drugs and how treatment plays a critical role in controlling the pandemic.

The award-winning UP “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.