Vaccine Rollout for Minors Can Start on November 3

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. announced that vaccination among minors can begin as early as November 3.

Minors ages 12-17 can get vaccinated as early as November 3. | IMG Source: Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — In an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, Galvez initially stated that vaccine rollout is set on November 5. This was also previously confirmed by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire through a Viber message.

Earlier today, Galvez said that NVOC (National Vaccination Operations Center) reported they can start as early as November 3. This clarification was also seconded by the Department of Health (DOH).

Pediatric vaccination is currently being conducted in 28 hospitals across the Metro for children with comorbidities. This pilot rollout was launched last October 15. 18,666 minors with comorbidities have received their first dose.

Vergeire disclosed that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be injected in children during the rollout. The vaccination guidelines are also currently being drafted. 40 to 50 additional hospitals nationwide will administer the vaccine by the launch. 

With cases of depression and suicidal tendencies rising among minors, Galvez aims for the vaccination to alleviate mental health problems among the demographic.

He said that another benefit of vaccinating minors is the resumption of face-to-face classes. This will hopefully provide leeway for minors to play, study, and socialize with friends again. 

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