INDIVIDUALS who missed the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccine do not need to take another first dose of the vaccine, city epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya clarified Saturday, June 26, 2021.
According to Retuya, the first dose is the stimulating dose while the second dose if the booster.
“Dili na mobalik pa sa una nga dose. Magpadayon sya nga maghulat sa iyang second dose,” Retuya said.
“Mas mogana, mas dako ang iyahang booster kung dugay-dugay ang paghatag, especially sa atong AstraZeneca,” he added.
Retuya said the gap between the first and second dose of the Sinovac vaccine is at least 28 days apart, while the gap for the Pfizer vaccine is at least 21 days. AstraZeneca, on the other hand, has a wider gap of four to 12 weeks.
As of June 22, Cagayan de Oro recorded a total of 53,058 individuals who were vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccines. Of the figure, 16,299 were frontline healthcare workers (A1 group), 23,379 were senior citizens (A2 group), and 13,380 were persons with comorbidities (A3 group).