Some COVID-19 referral hospitals in Manila find that many of those confined to their facilities for the disease are non-seniors and unvaccinated.
This is in the face of the escalation of COVID-19 cases in Manila in recent weeks amid the threat of the more contagious Delta variant.
At the Philippine General Hospital’s critical care beds for pediatric COVID-19 patients are full.
According to Del Rosario, eight of their cases were infants up to 15 years old.
He added the condition of some children is more severe because they have complications such as COVID-19 pneumonia.
Six of the eight cases were severe or critical cases, of which three were intubated. Two were moderate cases or recovering, while the others were on oxygen support.
In the case of the baby, they are still trying to find out where the virus got, especially since its mother tested negative for COVID-19.
The baby was scheduled to be treated for heart disease when he tested positive for COVID-19.
COVID-19 referral hospitals record cases in children, unvaccinated
Del Rosario also said 86 percent of those confined to the hospital were not vaccinated, while 11 percent received the first twelve, and three percent were fully vaccinated.
Since the start of the Philippine vaccine drive in March, the number of “fully vaccinated” individuals has risen to 10 million.
According to the data, most of the vaccines go to Manila, which is set to be put back under the strictest lockdown due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the Delta variant.
Some of the COVID-19 cases in St. Louis are not that old either. Lukes Medical Center.
According to SLMC chief medical officer and Vice President Dr. Benjamin Campomanes, some younger patients were aged 30 to 50.
According to Campomanes, there are only 8 ICU beds vacant due to the number of severe and critical patients. They also occupied 149 of the 198 COVID-19 beds, but the number of COVID-19 cases was steady.