The Muntinlupa City government has registered a little over 13,000 minors aged 12 to 17 in one month for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.
It launched the vaccination registration for 12 to 17-year-olds on Sept. 14 and as of Oct. 13, a total of 13,110 minors have signed up for the program, or 437 registrants per day.
The total is equivalent to 24 percent of the 55,391 total population of the 12-to-17 age group in Muntinlupa.
When the vaccination registration program for minors was launched in Muntinlupa, 3,477 12 to 17-year-olds registered on the first day.
By barangay, out of the 13,110 minor registrants, Putatan has the highest number with 2,250, or 22 percent of its 12-to-17 age group population of 10,164.
Brgy. Poblacion came second with 1,815 registrants followed by Tunasan, 1,686 (out of 6,256 12-17 population); Alabang, 1,404 (out of 7,244); Cupang, 1,167 (5,830); Sucat, 747 (5,744); Bayanan, 704 (out of 3,990); Ayala Alabang, 593 (out of 2,560); and Buli, 206 (out of 1,360). Non-residents who registered totalled 2,538.
In May, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the amendment to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to allow its use for 12 years old and above. In September, the FDA approved the use of the Moderna vaccine for 12 years old and above.
The Department of Health (DOH) said the vaccination of 15 to 17 year-olds with comorbidities will start on Oct. 15 in eight hospitals. These are the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center and Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
As of Oct. 2, 277,940 individuals in Muntinlupa are fully vaccinated, or 72 percent of the target population of 385,725, while 332,517 have received their first dose.