Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. detailed the pilot implementation of the immunization of minors that will begin on October 15.
According to Galvez, those in this age group will not be vaccinated at the same time.
“Ang rollout po natin ang mangyayari po muna, Mr. President, para sigurado 15 to 17 years old and then after that iyong 12 to 14 years old, kaya tinatawag natin na incremental po,” he said.
There are 6 hospitals that have been selected for the vaccination of young people and they were chosen because they have the ability to respond in case the vaccine has adverse effects on minors.
With Phase 2 coming on October 22, vaccinations will be done in selected local governments in the National Capital Region.
“October 22, iyong 2nd phase. Iyong all LGU sa NCR magkakaroon tayo ng mini-rollout at the same time. Dito po may pinili kami na 6 na city but sabi po ng NCR they are already prepared to have that pilot project in every city. Tinitingan naming kung sino ang prepared na LGU to have mini rollout,” said Galvez.
When it comes to the 3rd phase, vaccination can be done throughout the NCR and in other areas where the vaccination rate is higher than 50% for senior citizens.
Galvez details 3-phase vaccination for minors
Galvez identified CAR, CARAGA, and Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 8 and 10 as possible preceding regions following NCR.
Galvez stressed the importance of vaccinating young people to also help in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes, economic recovery and children’s health.
“Dahil po sa sobrang andoon lang po sila sa bahay, marami na suicidal at nagkakaroon ng depression. Nagpupunta po kami sa mga ospital at sinasabi ng mga psychologist na dumadami po ang kanilang pasyente in terms o mental health,” he said.
Meanwhile, a pediatrician insisted that parents should not worry about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines now that they are expected to start vaccination in minors.
On TeleRadyo, Dr. Cynthia Cuayo-Juico said that the vaccine against COVID-19 can have side effects in children.
She said these include normal fever, headache, chills, and pain in the injected arm.