Pateros to start vaccinating minors on Nov. 3

Published October 28, 2021, 7:58 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Pateros municipal government will start the vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 years old with comorbidities on Nov. 3.

This was announced by Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III in a live broadcast on Facebook Wednesday.

A minor is getting vaccinated in a hospital in Metro Manila (National Task Force Against COVID-19)

“Yesterday [Oct. 26], we received approval from the DOH [Department of Health] for us to start the vaccination of 12 to 17 years old at our vaccination center,” he said.

The DOH inspected the municipal government’s vaccination site at AMC Gym in Brgy. San Roque, which will be the venue for the inoculation of minors with comorbidities. One of the requirements was that the vaccination center should be near a hospital.

Ponce said Nov. 3 was chosen as the start date to give ample time to parents to secure medical certificates, which are needed for the vaccination of minors with comorbidities.

He said medical certificates can be secured from the M.R. Flores Health Center in Brgy. San Pedro and Masikap Health Center in Brgy. Sta. Ana.

Pateros’ population for the 12-17 age group totaled 7,190 based on the 2015 Census of Population by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Pfizer-BioNTech will be the vaccine to be administered to minors with comorbidities and will be given in two doses, three weeks apart. Minors should be accompanied by their parents or guardians at the vaccination site.

The Pateros municipal government launched the registration of 12 to 17-year olds for COVID-19 vaccination on Sept. 8. Residents who are 12 to 17 years old can register using a QR code that can be found on the Pateros municipal government’s Facebook page.

According to the DOH, the comorbidities allowed for the vaccination of minors are medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, metabolic/endocrine diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, HIV infection, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory diseases, renal disorders, hepatobiliary diseases and immunocompromised state due to disease or treatment.