Isabela City Begins Rollout Bivalent COVID-19 VAccine
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The City Government of Isabela through its City Health Office in partnership with the Department of Health-Center for Health Development IX and Basilan General Hospital launched the BiValent COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout for health workers, June 30, at Basilan General Hospital Administration Building.

The activity was spearheaded by Dr. Rufaida Aunal and Focal for COVID-19 Vaccination Jane Buenbrazo of the City Health Office and Dr. Sitti Nurussamsi Casalin-Amilasan, Medical Center Chief of Basilan General Hospital.

Eligible for vaccination are those frontliners who have already received two doses of the booster. So the bivalent vaccine will serve as a third booster.

The vaccine is called bivalent because it contains two components: one that corresponds to the original virus strain to provide broad protection against Covid-19 and a component that corresponds to the more contagious omicron variants that have emerged since.

The City Health Office and Basilan General Hospital is now open to serve the target population for the third booster, the healthcare workers and the senior citizens in Isabela City. As part of their regular services, CHO is also offering second booster shots at different rural health units in the city. (Contributed)