DOH: 1.2M children aged 5-11, 9.7M minors inoculated

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MANILA – Since the Department of Health began its pediatric vaccination program on February 7, a total of 1,233,017 children aged 5 to 11 years old have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that some 381,433 kids under the 5-11 age bracket are fully vaccinated.

“Sa kabilang banda, 9.7 million na ang bakunadong 12 to 17 years old (Meantime, there are 9.7 million vaccinated 12-to-17-year-olds),” Vergeire said.

The government employees who will accompany their children to their vaccination schedule “may avail of special leave privileges”, she added.

Vergeire reassured the parents of the pediatric population that the government continues to procure appropriate Covid-19 jabs for minors to protect them against Covid-19.

The Food and Drug Administration approved on March 11 the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Sinovac’s CoronaVac which allows the Chinese vaccine to be used for pediatric vaccination.

National Vaccination Operations Center Chief Myrna Cabotaje said during a televised public briefing on Tuesday that the country’s vaccine experts are finalizing the guidelines for the administration of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 6 years old and above.

Cabotaje went on to say that the vaccine will provide additional protection for children and parents who do not wish to utilize the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. 

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.