ZAMBOANGA CITY – The City Health Office here is undertaking the necessary preparations for the vaccination of minors against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
This, after Malacañang announced Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the vaccination of the general population, including minors against Covid-19 in October.
Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said Wednesday they will use the database of this city’s immunization program to determine the number of children to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“We have that reference in the immunization program, but we have to finalize it (the data),” she said.
Miravite said that the inoculation of minors against Covid-19 will depend on the guidelines that will be given to them by the Department of Health (DOH).
Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier proposed the vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17, with those having comorbidities and children of medical front-liners as among the priorities.
He said the government can inoculate around 12 million minors since the country will receive 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the first week of October.
“We will wait for the guidelines from the DOH,” Miravite said.
Meanwhile, the city health officer said 22 children have died of Covid-19 here since the start of the pandemic last year.
They are seven infants aged one day to 11 months; six whose ages ranged from one year old to five years; three who are six to 10 years old; four aged 11 to 15 years old; and two were 16 years of age. (PNA)