Pateros mayor says vaccination of minors may start next week

Published October 25, 2021, 8:43 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III said the vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities in the municipality may start in the first week of November.

“It is possible that we will start (the vaccination) by November 2 or November 3 depending on whether November 2 will be a regular working day,” he said in a live broadcast on Facebook Monday.

Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III (left) and a health worker preparing the vaccine (Screenshot from Pateros video, National Task Force Against COVID-19)

The Department of Health (DOH) designated select hospitals for the rollout of the vaccination of minors followed by additional hospitals in different local government units (LGUs).

Ponce said since Pateros has no public hospital and the available private hospital is small, he decided not to proceed with the rollout at the same time and will just wait until the government allows the vaccination of minors with comorbidities in vaccination centers.

The DOH, he said, will inspect the municipal government’s vaccination site at AMC Gym in Brgy. San Roque, which will serve as the venue for the inoculation of minors with comorbidities.

“They will inspect and confirm that the vaccination center is qualified to vaccinate 12 to 17 years old. One of the requirements is that it should be near a hospital. If this will pass, and we are confident that it will, we will start the issuance of health certificates to those with comorbidities,” he said.

Once all the 12 to 17-year-olds with comorbidities are vaccinated, next in line are the 15 to 17 years old. The mayor said they are awaiting guidelines from the DOH if medical certificates will still be required from 15 to 17-year-old with no comorbidities.

Ponce said all minors who will be vaccinated should be accompanied by their parents or guardians.