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DOH To Stop Administering Monovalent COVID Jabs

DOH To Stop Administering Monovalent COVID Jabs
A health worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the mega vaccination center in Marikina City on April 22, 2022. Photo by Jesse Bustos, The Philippine STAR

The Philippines will soon stop administering monovalent COVID vaccines once stocks are fully consumed, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Based on our inventory, there are only less than 200,000 monovalent vaccines and these are only available in CALABARZON. The other local government units in the different regions already ran out of monovalent vaccines,” DOH Undersecretary Eric Tayag said at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“If there will be a recommendation that bivalent vaccines can be used as substitute to the monovalent vaccines, that is one possibility – though most of the country’s bivalent jabs have also been consumed,” he added, noting that there are no plans to procure monovalent vaccines.

Based on the DOH’s data, 92.37 percent or 359,318 out of 388,980 allocated bivalent vaccines have been administered as of Sept. 1.