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Vaccinate ‘sufficient percentage’ of adults before moving to minors – pediatricians

The government must first vaccinate a “sufficient percentage” of the adult population before deciding to include minors in its vaccination rollout, the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) said on Sunday. September 12th.

A Manila resident will receive a coronavirus vaccine at the vaccination hub in SM Manila on July 6, 2021. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The mature and more vulnerable age groups should still be prioritized in the rollout of vaccinations, with the goal of equitable distribution across regions of the country,” the PPS and PIDSP said in a joint statement on Sunday.

The groups also noted that including minors in the vaccination rollout “needs to be done in a broader context and to consider vaccine supply and groups with co-morbidities.”

“Once the entire country has vaccinated a sufficient percentage in the adult priority groups, children 12 years and older may be eligible for vaccination,” it added.

The vaccine rollout could be started in high-transmission areas with adolescents below A3 or those with comorbidities and A1 category or frontliner children, the groups suggested.

Local government agencies such as Pateros, Makati, Muntinlupa, Manila, Caloocan and Las Pinas City have already started registering minors, ages 12 to 17, for vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

More than 16 million people in the Philippines have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



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