MANILA, Nov 1 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) will study the vaccination of young children against COVID-19 after it already started the inoculation of adolescents, an official said Sunday.
This after the United States’ Food and Drug Administration revealed that it authorized Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE coronavirus vaccine use for kids aged five to 11 years.
“Yes, considering nasa ibang bansa na below 12 [years old]. Hihintayin natin ang resulta ng pag-aaral,” said Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Dobol B TV reacting to a query on DOH’s possible plan to inoculate children aged under 12 years old.
Cabotaje explained that studies indicated that unlike adolescents and eligible adults, younger children must only take one third of the COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. had declared that all minors aged 12 to 17 may get vaccinated against the coronavirus starting November 3.
Currently, the government is focusing on inoculation of minors aged 12-17 with comorbidities.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said Saturday the completion of the vaccination of around 12.7 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 against COVID-19 could be achieved in the first quarter of 2022.
A total of 23,727 minors with comorbidities aged 12 to 17 have been vaccinated so far against COVID-19, the DOH reported Thursday. (MNS)