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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



17 December 2021 07:10:12 PM

The House of Representatives, under the initiative of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and with the help of Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza held its first COVID-19 vaccine booster shot rollout drive-thru at the North Multi-level Steel Parking at the Batasan Complex. House Medical and Dental Service (MDS) OIC-Director Dr. Serafin Vincent Valencia said that the House received from the Department of Health an allocation of 450 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for House members and employees, who got their primary shots either from CongVax or from local their government unit (LGU) COVID-19 vaccination program. The rollout started from 8am until 4pm. Valencia said that there is a need for a COVID-19 booster shot to increase the efficacy of the vaccine. He also mentioned that they have to be extra careful in the handling of the vaccine booster shots as these are very fragile, saying “kahit sa paghalo namin ng dilutant, dahan dahan.” Aside from Friday’s booster shot rollout, he said there will be another rollout next year. “Pero di namin masabi kung kelan, depende sa allocation na matatanggap namin,” he said. Valencia said the first day’s rollout was not without problems but these were easily ironed out. “Sa ngayon, we are going smoothly. There are minor problems, pero naayos naman,” he said. The vaccinators were from the MDS, with volunteers coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) group of doctors and nurses. Although booster shots are not mandatory, Valencia encouraged everyone to get them. He also reminded those who would get their booster shots to refrain from consuming alcohol a day before and one week after taking the booster shot. He said that alcohol has an effect on the immune system of which the vaccine relies on. Moreover, Valencia again reminded everyone to avoid crowded places, maintain one’s distance, and practice frequent handwashing. He said that if one is in an enclosed space or area with no adequate ventilation, he/she should wear a face mask. Joseph Andrew Javillo, a House staff assigned at the booster vaccination registration, said that an hour before closing time, based on the CongVax system, about 245 individuals, including GABRIELA Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas and Pangasinan Rep. Tyrone Agabas had already received their booster shots.