Anti-CoVID-19 Pandemic

Only 1 out of 5 eligible Filipinos choose to get 1st booster

MANILA – Only one out of five Filipinos eligible for a first booster or around 14.85 million have received the needed third dose of Covid-19 vaccine.The Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday concerned agencies must focus on encouraging more adults to get their first booster shot readily... Read More

San Juan rolls out boosters for immunocompromised minors 12-17 

MANILA –Immunocompromised minors aged 12 to 17 years old in San Juan City have started to receive Thursday their Covid-19 booster shots.Mayor Francis Zamora, in an interview, said Cardinal Santos Medical Center would accommodate the first booster vaccination for the immunocompromised pediatric... Read More

DOH reiterates F2F classes allowed under Alert Level 1

MANILA – Face-to-face classes can resume in full capacity under Alert Level 1, a health official said Wednesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire emphasized that the resumption of classes is tied with the alert level system per guidelines set by the... Read More

Immunocompromised 12- to 17-years-old now eligible for boosters

MANILA – Immunocompromised adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old can now receive their booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines, a health official said Wednesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this group include those who are undergoing cancer treatment for... Read More

PH detects 32 more cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country detected 32 additional cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant, a health official said Wednesday.Of the total cases, 21 are from Western Visayas, four from Calabarzon, four from the National Capital Region and three from Central Luzon."Sa mga kaso sa Western Visayas, siyam ay sa... Read More

PH remains low risk for Covid-19 despite increase in new cases

MANILA – The country remains under low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a notable increase in the number of new infections, a health official said Wednesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 3,198 new cases have been logged from June 14 to 20 nationwide.The country's... Read More

QC Covid-19 cases jump by 20% in 2 days

MANILA – Quezon City has recorded a 20-percent increase in active Covid-19 cases in two days.From 365 active infections on Sunday, QC’s tally jumped by 20 percent to 439 on Tuesday, or 0.17 percent of the overall confirmed cases of 263,118.Fatalities have remained at 1,732 since June... Read More

Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots for ages 12-17 approved

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has approved the recommendation of the Health Assessment Technology Council for the administration of Pfizer booster shots for children ages 12-17.In a message to reporters Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed the latest... Read More

Expert says NCR less likely to move to moderate risk for Covid-19

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) is less likely to move from low risk to moderate risk classification for Covid-19 despite the continuous increase in cases, an infectious diseases expert said Monday.Earlier, the OCTA Research Group said the NCR will be under a moderate threshold by... Read More

PH Covid-19 daily case average up by 82%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 82 percent from June 13 to 19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 340 per day from June 6 to 12, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 436 daily from June 13 to 19.The latest case... Read More

No surge despite increase in Covid-19 cases: DOH

MANILA – A health official said Monday the number of Covid-19 infections continue to rise nationwide but assured that there is no surge in cases.In a television interview, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Covid-19 cases are continuously increasing especially in the National... Read More

PH fully vaccinates 70M Filipinos before PRRD ends term

MANILA – Within 15 months after the National Vaccination Program was launched, the Philippine government achieved its target of fully vaccinating 70 million Filipinos against Covid-19.In the latest report of the National Vaccination Operations Center as of June 17, a total of 70,005,247... Read More

Legazpi City Covid-19 vaccination peaks at 107%

LEGAZPI CITY – The massive vaccination efforts of the city government here have borne fruit with 185,219 individuals now fully vaccinated as of Friday, representing 107.8 percent of its target of 171,766.Based on the data from the City Health Office (CHO), already completely vaccinated were... Read More

Gov't asked to provide 2nd booster shot to general public

MANILA – The government should expand the second Covid-19 booster doses to the general public for complete protection against the disease, according to a lawmaker.Iloilo (1st District) Rep. Janette Garin said Saturday that the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19, as well as other... Read More

IATF says face masks, vaccines crucial in preventing surge

MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) insisted Friday on the need to wear face masks, both indoors and outdoors.Secretary Vince Dizon, IATF-EID deputy chief implementor, said other countries record higher daily cases than the... Read More

WTO patent waiver on Covid-19 vax to aid PH self-reliance program

MANILA – The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ministerial decision on waiving patents for the production of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for eligible members is expected to help the Philippines achieve its vaccine self-reliance program.After extending one day to... Read More

QC goes tough on face mask use as Covid-19 cases rise

MANILA – Officials of Quezon City’s 142 villages have been ordered to strictly implement the wearing of face masks as the local government retained “yellow” status under its monitoring system due to the continued rise in Covid-19 cases.Face masks must be worn at all times in... Read More

Ilocos tightens border protocols to prevent entry of Omicron

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) remains vigilant against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron sub-variant despite zero cases in the region as of Thursday.“We are strengthening border control protocols... Read More

DILG gives Cebu 3 days to amend face mask ordinance

MANILA – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday gave the Cebu provincial government a three-day ultimatum to rectify its newly-passed ordinance which made the wearing of face masks in open and well-ventilated areas in the province optional.“We will be giving the Cebu... Read More

Private hospitals want NCR to remain under Alert Level 1

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) is in favor of the National Capital Region (NCR) remaining under Alert Level 1 status until June 30.In a televised public briefing, PHAPi president Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said the hospital utilization rate of Covid-19 cases... Read More