Gov’t expedites Pfizer vaccines delivery for 5-11 age group

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MANILA – The government is expediting the delivery of “minimized microgram” Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for children aged five to 11 years old, according to National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday.

Galvez stated during President Rodrigo Duterte’s prerecorded Talk to the People that he will meet with Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America Jose “Babe” Romualdez to discuss the fast-tracking of the specific Pfizer doses for the kids to begin providing them with protection against the deadly disease.

“And ipu-pursue natin ang (We will pursue the) vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old when they especially when the formulated vaccine — have been — will arrive,” said Galvez, also the country’s vaccine czar.

The National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) previously stated that the exact vaccination schedule for this age group will be announced as soon as Covid-19 vaccines and syringes suitable for them become available.

At least 13.5 million children in this age group will be given a lower dosage of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, Galvez emphasized the importance of boosting the vaccination capacities of local government units (LGUs) in order to sustain the Covid-19 vaccination program, as the national and local elections is approaching.

“Our LGUs should remain focused on making the vaccines available to different barangays and cities and maintain their mega sites,” he said.

He also encouraged LGUs to set up mobile immunization teams in each barangay, citing a similar vaccination strategy used in General Santos City.

Galvez emphasized that LGUs should ensure the accessible integrity of the vaccination information system, which includes the provision of vaccination cards, travel authority, among others.

The government’s major problem, according to the vaccination czar, is addressing the “unwillingness of others to be vaccinated and obtain their boosters”.

However, Galvez stated that the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the private sector are now doing their best to increase public uptake.

“And we were successful in increasing the uptake during our national vaccination series with the massing up of people in the different vaccination sites. We intend to repeat the successful vaccination days. This time it will be focused on our seniors and also focused on the,” he added.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.