The Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday that more than 6,000 medical frontliners have already received their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine booster shots. 

“As of Nov. 18…naka 6,457 tayo sa buong Pilipinas,” Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a TV interview.

The number she said was the count of health workers who have already received their booster jabs since Nov. 17, which was also the launch of the program.

 Cabotaje, who currently chairs the National Vaccination Operations Center, explained that the National Capital Region (NCR) has posted the most number of health workers with booster vaccines, adding that the region is also fast in submitting updates to the health department. 

Among the said number of vaccinated health workers, 2,811 came from Metro Manila; followed by Region III (Central Luzon) at 1,541, and the Cordillera Administrative Region at 1,457.

The health department has already approved giving booster doses to fully-vaccinated health workers starting Nov. 17.

The DOH-recommended vaccines for boosters are the U.S. brands Moderna and Pfizer and the China-made Sinovac. However, the DOH also noted that health workers have the freedom to choose the vaccine brand they want for their booster dose.  Ronald Espartinez