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Minors with health issues to get vaccines first

Minors with comorbidities will be vaccinated first when the Department of Health (DOH) begins the COVID-19 inoculation program for children. 

The DOH said, “Pediatric vaccination will start among 12 to 17-year-olds with comorbidities as part of priority group A3.” 

“Expansion beyond this group will follow once adequate coverage of the A2 priority group or senior citizens has been achieved nationwide and vaccine supply becomes sufficient to include children,” it added. 

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said government will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to minors with comorbidities in Metro Manila starting October 15 because the NCR vaccination coverage is “quite good.” 

DOH said children and their parents or guardians should sign consent forms for vaccination. Medical certificates must be also presented, declaring their health issues. 

Minors with health risks will get vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, the only brands with emergency use authorizations for adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the Philippines. 

Government recently expanded the vaccination program to include adults not previously prioritized for COVID-19 jabs. 

Currently, the inoculation drive in the country covers health workers, senior citizens, people with comorbidities, essential workers and indigents. 

Since March, 20.8 million people have so far completed vaccination against COVID-19, while 23.9 million have received partial protection. 

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