Gov't eyes vaccinating minors vs COVID-19 by mid-October - (The Philippine Star via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Philippines government is proposing to begin vaccinating minors aged 12 to 17 against COVID-19 by mid-October, reported The Philippine Star.

  • The country's vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country has 23.75 million COVID-19 jabs on hand and over 20 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive until the first week of October.

  • "We are capable of vaccinating 12 million children between 12 and 17 years old," Galvez said, but "our recommendation is to prioritize those with comorbidities and the children of healthcare workers."

  • According to the news source, some local government units have launched pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17.

  • The country's drug regulator has approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna for children aged 12 and up.

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