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Phl to start vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 on Nov. 3

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The Philippines will start the nationwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccination among minors aged 12 to 17 on 3 November, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr said on Wednesday.

“We will open up the vaccination of 12 to 17 years old on 3 November, because we saw that the pilot implementation in hospitals has been good.” Galvez said in a radio interview.

He said that based on the pilot implementation of vaccination of minors with comorbidities, the number of recorded adverse effects have been “very minimum.”

Since the government opened the vaccination of the pediatric population with comorbidities, a total of 18,666 minors have already received their first dose of vaccine.

Currently, the government is only allowing the vaccination of minors with comorbidities in 28 hospitals in Metro Manila, which started 15 October.

He also added that on 29 October, additional 40 to 50 hospitals will join the vaccination nationwide.

“All regions will be represented. It will be like a pilot in other regions and after that, we will have the opening,” he added.

In a separate statement, the Department of Health (DoH), along with the Vaccine Cluster, confirmed the nationwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccination among all children on 3 November.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna will still be used in the pediatric population during the nationwide rollout.

“Further details and the guidelines with regard to the nationwide expansion of pediatric vaccination will be released once finalized,” Vergeire noted.

Despite the inclusion of minors in the vaccination list, the DoH continues to urge the adult population, especially senior citizens and people with comorbidities, to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to achieve the cocoon effect which protects the children at home.

“The department further emphasizes that choosing to get vaccinated will not only protect the person itself but also those around, along with the strict and religious adherence to minimum public health standards and other preventive measures implemented,” the agency noted.

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