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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