Booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines have yet to be approved in the Philippines, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque in his virtual presser asked fully vaccinated Filipinos to give way to those who had yet to get jabbed with Covid-19 vaccines.

“Tandaan po natin na wala pong booster muna ha; marami pa po tayong mga kababayan ang kailangang mabakunahan,” he said.

As of Aug. 22, 30,389,160 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Philippines.

Of this number, 17,258,675 were first-dose recipients, while 13,130,485 were fully vaccinated individuals.

“Sa mga nabakunahan na, huwag naman nating i-deprive iyong mga hindi pa natuturukan ng Covid-19 vaccine. Maawa naman po tayo sa kanila, okay. Ubusin muna po natin ang hanay ng ating kababayan, bakunahan natin ang lahat bago tayo mag-isip ng booster,” Roque said.

Roque earlier said P45 billion was sought for the procurement of booster shots against Covid-19.

The Philippine health department has yet to approve the use of booster shots — vaccine doses administered to fully vaccinated individuals — to further protect them against Covid-19. John Ezekiel J. Hirro