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What You Need to Know

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can lower your risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines can also help prevent serious illness and death.

Wear a Mask

Face coverings limit the volume and travel distance of expiratory droplets dispersed when talking, breathing, and coughing.

Wash your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Social Distancing

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

VACCINE DOSES AND FREQUENCY

Can a second dose of a different brand be administered to a vaccinee?

No. The same brand is required to be given for a 2nd dose, to ensure the maximum protection of the vaccinee. The DOH is coordinating with the Local Government Units to ensure allocation of adequate doses of the same Philippine FDA-approved vaccine brand.

How does the Government plan to administer vaccines requiring two doses?

The government will make sure that those given with 1st dose will also be given their second dose on time. For example, if we have 50,000 doses available, we will only vaccinate the 25,000 eligible population to make sure that they will be given their second doses accordingly.

What is the interval between the 1st and 2nd dose of COVID Vaccine?

Interval of doses varies per vaccine. Vaccines which have already been issued an EUA by the Philippine FDA have the following dosage and frequency:

Sinovac - 2 doses, 4 weeks (28 days) apart
AstraZeneca - 2 doses, 4 to 12 weeks apart
Gamaleya Sputnik V - 2 doses, 3 weeks apart
Janssen - 1 dose
Bharat BioTech - 2 doses, 28 days apart

If the person misses his second dose, how long is the approved interval from the first dose for him to get the second dose?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allow for a 4-day grace period when assessing on-time receipt. People should try to get the second dose during this period or as soon after as possible. However, if the second dose is given later than this, you do not need to restart the vaccine. You still only need to get the second dose. However, it is important to note that the first dose did not protect as many people as were protected after the second dose, so if you are exposed to SARS-CoV-2 during the delay, you may or may not have enough immunity to prevent you from experiencing symptoms.