BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health – Cordillera (DOH-CAR) in partnership with the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) launched the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine for healthcare workers and senior citizens on June 26, 2023 at the BGHMC Garden.
The COVID-19 Pfizer bivalent vaccine was recently authorized for use as third booster dose to generate an immune response not only to the original strain, but also to two Omicron sub variants of the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Shelly Aral, Medical Officer IV of the DOH-CAR encouraged the healthcare workers (A1 population) and senior citizens (A2 population) who have already received their second booster to also to get their third (bivalent) booster. “By strengthening our wall of immunity through updating our protection, we can help limit the virus from infecting others towards full economic recovery”, Dr. Aral said.
The DOH allocated 11,760 doses of bivalent vaccine to the City of Baguio, being one of the areas with the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the Cordilleras.
The activity was also attended by BGHMC officials led by Dr. Ricardo B. Runez Jr., Medical Center Chief II; Health Service Office staff led by Acting City Health Officer Celia Flor C. Brillantes; Joycelyn Z. Rillorta, Nurse V of DOH-CAR and other staff; and the Philippine Information Agency – Cordillera (PIA -CAR). By DOH-CAR