PH Red Cross awaits release of ‘written directive’ to start vaccinating minors vs COVID-19

Published October 6, 2021, 4:56 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) expressed readiness to vaccinate children against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as soon as a written directive from the government comes out.


“Children aged 12-17 years old need to get vaccinated now as it will also help in achieving herd immunity, and protect the children when they physically go back to school,” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon in a statement issued Wednesday, Oct. 6.

As announced by the Department of Health (DOH), children aged 12 to 17 can get vaccinated beginning this October. However, only those comorbidities will be prioritized for vaccination against COVID-19.

Citing to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire and the Philippine Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, PRC noted that the children to be prioritized are those with medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, metabolic/endocrine conditions, cardiovascular disease, obesity, HIV infection, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory disease, renal disorders, and hepatobiliary disorders.

“The PRC is awaiting the written directive to start vaccinating minors aged 12-17 years old with Pfizer and Moderna, the two brands with regulatory approval for minors,” the humanitarian organization said.

Those who are interested to register for vaccination may call 1158 or send an email to [email protected]

As of Oct. 1, the PRC has vaccinated 284,869 individuals wherein over 108, 329 are already fully vaccinated.

PRC vaccinates people against COVID-19 through its 23 “Bakuna Centers” and 16 “Bakuna Buses” nationwide. To date, PRC said that there are 209,524 individuals vaccinated in its centers and 75,345 others in its mobile vaccination clinics.