DOH Releases Advisory on Nationwide Vaccination of Minors
DOH – The Department of Health revealed the date when the nationwide vaccination of minors ages 12 to 17 against COVID-19 will begin.
Many countries remain in a tough fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaken healthcare systems across the globe. Unfortunately, there are reported mutations of the coronavirus virus even before nations were able to address the health problem.
Different variants of COVID-19 were detected in some countries and cases of these variants were also logged in the Philippines. One of which is the Delta variant which is the variant of concern for its higher transmissibility rate.
Previously, the PH government placed the whole Metro Manila under the strictest community quarantine level, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), in the pursuit to prevent the spread of the virus. Provinces with high cases are also placed under ECQ.
Currently, the capital region is under localized lockdowns that observe the alert level system. The Department of Health (DOH) previously expressed that widespread lockdowns may no longer be effective as people need to go out to work.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 are ongoing now. Different brands of vaccines including Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen have arrived in the country. The nation followed a ladder prioritizing the healthcare workers, the senior citizens, and those individuals with co-morbidities in the vaccination process.
The Philippines targets to vaccinate at least 70 million people to achieve population protection against the COVID-19. The vaccination has been opened to the general public already. Also, a certain age group of minors may get vaccinated soon.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH said that the vaccination of minors against COVID-19 will start on November 5, 2021. It will cover minors who are aged 12 to 17.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire expressed that guidelines are being drafted regarding the said vaccinations for minors. Two (2) vaccine brands were approved for the minors and some 1.2 million of the age group with existing health conditions would be prioritized.
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