DUMAGUETE CITY – Vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the so-called expanded group comprising adolescents aged 12 to 17 will not kick-off as of yet but health officials in Negros Oriental have started to prepare for the registration.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser late Monday afternoon, said the vaccines for this particular group are not available as of now but they have told the parents to get their consent forms ready.
Estacion, who is the Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said they received an advisory from the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 7 (Central Visayas), saying that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the vaccination of adolescents aged 12-17.
But in the absence of vaccines, local government units (LGUs) are urged to continue the inoculation rollout of adults 18 years old and above while preparing a master list for the younger citizens, she said.
Meanwhile, the number of residents who have been vaccinated as of the past weekend has reached 281,141 for both the first and second doses.
Estacion said 137,984 received the first dose and 143,157 for the second dose (including the one-shot Janssen vaccine).
The combined total represents about 30.9 percent of the province’s total target population for vaccination of 908,939. (PNA)