The Philippine vaccine expert panel is now recommending Sinovac vaccine for the elderly, the group’s head Doktor Nina Gloriani confirmed Wednesday.
Gloriani said China and Indonesia have also started using the vaccine for senior citizens. The antibodies that the elderly produced are “almost the same” with those 18 to 59 age group, she said.
“Ang maganda doon sa datos na nakita namin ay nakakaprotekta rin sya sa mga matatanda na hindi sila nagkaroon ng severe COVID,” Gloriani said.
The Food and Drug Administration only recommended the use of Sinovac vaccine for people aged 18 to 59, but Gloriani said the agency will soon release an announcement.
“Ang alam ko po ay maglalabas na rin soon ang FDA ng announcement about this. Ang vaccine expert panel po ay nakapagrekomenda na na puwede siyang gamitin sa senior citizens,” she added.