Gov’t mulls giving single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to OFWs | Inquirer News

Gov’t mulls giving single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to OFWs

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 12:32 PM June 01, 2021
Gov’t mulls giving single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to OFWs

This file photo shows a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. AFP

MANILA, Philippines — The government is studying the possibility of giving a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, like the one developed by Johnson & Johnson, to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“Ang suggestion ni [vaccine czar] Secretary [Carlito] Galvez, at ‘yun ang akin sinusuportahan, ‘yung ating mga OFWs, lalong-lalo na ang mga seafarers natin, ay mabigyan ng one-dose na bakuna. Meron namang ganun eh, ang alam ko ‘yung Johnson & Johnson,” Bello said in a televised briefing Tuesday.


(The suggestion of Secretary Galvez, which I support, is to give OFWs especially our seafarers a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson.)

This way, Bello said, OFWs will be easily deployed in other countries and they will no longer undergo COVID-19 tests nor quarantine.


Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is a single-shot jab, unlike other brands that require two doses.

It has already secured an emergency use authorization from the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.

The Philippines has already reserved six million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine but no definitive dates for its delivery have been announced.


Subscribe to our daily newsletter

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: COVID-19, J&J, Johnson & Johnson, OFWs, seafarers, single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.