DOH urges LGUs to conduct active COVID case finding after low testing output

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 12/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has encouraged local government units (LGUs) anew to conduct active case finding for suspected COVID-19 patients after recording a decrease in testing output. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario…

Experts propose raising herd immunity goal to 90% of population — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Experts have recommended raising the government’s herd immunity target for  COVID-19 to 80 or 90 percent of the country’s population instead of 70 percent, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. “Herd immunity” or…

DOH: Seniors, immunocompromised persons can bring one household member for vaccination

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens and select persons with comorbidities can now bring one household member along with them to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said…

Air purifiers

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

I am so glad Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire has declared Monday that “there is no evidence” for wearable or necklace air purifiers protecting against COVID-19. Vergeire was reiterating a joint recommendation issued in February 2021 by…

DOH: Pregnant women now under A3 priority group for COVID-19 vaccination

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 08/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pregnant women are now part of the expanded A3 priority group for COVID-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. In a statement, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that based on the…

165 of Delta variant cases were detected locally — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 08/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country has so far detected 165 local cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday as it assumes that there is already community transmission of the highly…

With Delta variant, DOH presses need to study protocol allowing kids outside

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday there is a need to review the decision of the government to allow children aged five and above to go out of their residences in some areas…

DOH: IATF lets LGUs decide on requiring COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travelers

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/09/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national government’s pandemic task force has agreed to leave the discretion to local government units (LGUs) on whether to require fully vaccinated travelers to present negative COVID-19 test results, the Department of Health…

After CBCP’s offer, NITAG proposes use of churches as vaccination hubs

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 05/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) has taken up the Catholic Church’s offer to use its churches as vaccination hubs amid the expected delivery of more COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Department of Health…

More COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed to LGUs starting April 25 — DOH

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 04/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines —  More COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed to local government units (LGUs) starting Sunday, April 25, as local executives worry about declining vaccine supplies in their respective areas. Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said the…

DOH: Media workers part of B priority group for COVID-19 vaccination

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 04/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Media workers will be part of the B priority group for COVID-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. “Media would be part of the B classification already, together with the other workers…

DOH: Depression a comorbidity, but current COVID vaccine supply reserved for health frontliners

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday that the quick substitution list (QSL) for COVID-19 vaccination should only include healthcare workers for now, even as it recognized that depression is considered a comorbidity. Health…

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