Covid-19 Booster Shot in the Philippines: All you need to know

A booster shot is given to a person to restore the protection that has possibly waned some months after completing the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.


Is a third/additional dose different from a booster shot?

Yes, they are different. A third or an additional dose is given to immunocompromised individuals whose initial immune response from the first two doses may not have been strong enough. It is recommended as part of their primary vaccine series to be classified as a fully vaccinated individual.

Who are eligible for Covid-19 Booster shots?

All fully vaccinated adults (18 years old and above), who have completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccination, are now eligible to get booster shots.

How to get Covid-19 Booster shot in the Philippines?

You may coordinate with your LGU or health facility to register for the booster shot. Bring the following during your appointment:

  1. Vaccination Card
  2. Valid ID

Required Volume of Covid-19 Vaccines per booster dose

The government has earlier amended the recommended booster dose interval for fully vaccinated adults starting December 22, 2021. DOH reiterates the following are the required volumes of COVID-19 vaccines for those getting their booster dose:

DOH assures that all vaccines with Philippine FDA Emergency Use Authorization are proven safe and effective.

Vaccine BrandVolume
AstraZeneca0.5 ml/dose
Moderna0.25 ml/dose (half of the regular dosage
Pfizer0.3 ml/dose
Sinovac0.5 ml/dose

Recommended Booster Dose Combination & Intervals

All fully vaccinated adults (18 years old and above) are now eligible to receive single-dose booster shots at least three months after the second dose of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik V. Meanwhile, those who were inoculated with Janssen vaccine can get their booster shots at least 2 months after their first dose.

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The Department of Health also reiterates that booster shots are not recommended for ages 12-17 years old.

Primary VaccinationInterval for BoosterHomologous BoosterHeterologous Booster
AstraZeneca At least 3 months AstraZeneca Pfizer, Moderna
Gamaleya Sputnik At least 3 months Not yet for ImplementationAstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna
Moderna At least 3 months Moderna AstraZeneca, Pfizer
Pfizer At least 3 months Pfizer AstraZeneca, Moderna
Sinovac At least 3 months Sinovac AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna
Janssen At least 2 months Not yet for Implementation AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna

Source: Department of Health Philippines