The pilot rollout of the pediatric vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or the vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 years old will begin on October 15, 2021.
This was bared by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement late Thursday night, Sept. 30 following a meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
“Approved by the IATF is the pilot rollout of the vaccination of children ages 12 to 17 years old with vaccines granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The activity will begin on October 15, 2021 under a phased approach as may be determined by the National Vaccination Operations Center,” he said.
Roque, in a virtual press briefing that same morning, said the children will be placed under the A3 priority group of the national government’s mass vaccination program. He also said that kids with comorbidities would be prioritized.
So far, only Pfizer and Moderna have EUA for pediatric usage. Both COVID-19 vaccines are made in the United States (US).
President Duterte’s approval of the administration of COVID-19 shots to children was first announced by Roque last Tuesday.
The Tuesday announcement also revealed the start of COVID-19 vaccination for the general population this October.
“The IATF also affirms, upon the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the opening of the national vaccination program to the general population nationwide upon the determination of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 and its Vaccine Cluster,” Roque said in the statement.
Roque also acts as IATF spokesperson.