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So far, a total of 5,781 adolescents aged 15 to 17 years old with comorbidities have been vaccinated against Covid-19, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said in a statement.

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday started the second phase of the vaccination of children with comorbidities or Pediatric A3 with more hospitals in Metro Manila taking part in the program.

Simultaneous ceremonial vaccinations were held at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ospital ng Parañaque, and Quezon City General Hospital with DoH Undersecretary Roger Tong-an and Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya attending the events.

Local chief executives were also present to inaugurate the ceremonial vaccinations in their respective cities such as San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivares, and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Fifteen hospitals and healthcare facilities have been added to the initial eight hospitals that were chosen to be part of the pilot run of the vaccination of the Pediatric A3, which started last week.

Based on the initial list of Phase 2 hospitals from the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), two hospitals will join the pilot run from Caloocan City. These are the Caloocan City North Medical Center and Caloocan City Medical Center (South).

Ospital ng Malabon/Oreta Sports Complex, Navotas City Hospital, Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital, Marikina Sports Complex (Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center), Quezon City General Hospital, and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center also joined the list.

Other hospitals and non-hospitals that will join Phase 2 are Ospital ng Makati, SM Megamall Mega Vaccination Site, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Ospital ng Parañaque 1 and University of Perpetual Help Dalta System.

The DoH initially tapped the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig, and Makati Medical Center to lead the pilot run of the vaccination.

The agency previously explained the vaccinations are currently being held in select hospitals as the expansion will be conducted in phases.

“The DoH, NVOC, and LGU (local government unit) chose the vaccination sites or hospitals for the initial phases which have the capacity to manage possible serious adverse reactions to vaccines and facilitate easy referral of patients,” the DoH said.

The government is implementing Pediatric A3 vaccination in a phased approach in order to formulate strategies on how it will be rolled out to other regions, and possibly to regular vaccination sites.

So far, a total of 5,781 adolescents aged 15 to 17 years old with comorbidities have been vaccinated against Covid-19, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said in a statement.

“We are happy because data from the DoH showed that they have vaccinated 5,781 adolescents aged 15- to 17-years-old,” Galvez said.

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