Our Grandparents Might Need a 4th COVID-19 Vaccine Shot
Besides our grandparents, those with immunocompromised systems may get a 4th round of COVID-19 vaccine.
During the course of the pandemic, our biggest concerns were our grandparents and our immunocompromised kids‘ safety. COVID-19 originally threatened them the most, attacking them because of existing pulmonary problems. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working out an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) to earn our grandparents and immunocompromised kids a fourth round of COVID-19 vaccines.
UPDATE (4/22): 2nd Booster Shots Incoming This April 25, 2022!
After a bit of debate, it appears that the elderly and the immunocompromised can start getting their 2nd booster shots on April 25, 2022, this Monday. As to which areas, it’ll highly depend on the LGU on which areas will serve as vaccination sites. Mega Vaccination sites are still being set up and right now, these are the vaccines being offered as boosters:
UPDATE: Grandparents and immunocompromised are getting their 2nd booster shot!
Today, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the administering of a second booster shot for COVID-19 to grandparents and the immunocompromised. However, the shot must be given only 4 months after the first booster shot. But that can change depending on if they have severe complications, or on the attending physician’s assessment. Besides them, the healthcare workers are also qualified to receive a second shot.
Why our grandparents and the immunocompromised?
During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus’ initial target was our grandparents and the immunocompromised. Our grandparents are vulnerable to all sorts of diseases. From diabetes to cancer, many of these diseases that occur later in life are the ones that make our grandparents weak against COVID-19. Their being more prone to getting COVID-19 placed them in the A2 category, second only to the frontliners.
Some dieases that make them vulnerable
Diabetes is one of the most common ones in the family and usually rears its ugly head at older ages. Especially if families have diabetes in their family history, our grandparents are most likely to have it, especially if their diets aren’t that great. Besides diabetes, our grandparents are prone to getting pneumonia. Pneumonia is also viral and usually co-morbid with COVID-19 which usually appears in the form of coughs and colds. In worst cases, they start choking on their own mucous.
Protecting our grandparents and the immunocompromised from COVID-19
While they’re waiting for the 2nd booster shot, the best we can do is make their diet better and make sure they still follow safety protocols. Being on COVID-19 Alert Level 1 doesn’t mean they can afford to be lax. Wearing face masks, social distancing, and avoiding crowded places are still a must. Some of our grandparents may be a bit stubborn about COVID-19 but a few heated debates are worth keeping them safe all throughout.