Full vaccination of minors starts in Muntinlupa

Published November 17, 2021, 2:32 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for minors aged 12 to 17 years old has started in Muntinlupa.

As of Nov. 16, a total of 13,790 minors have received the first dose of the vaccine, equivalent to 25 percent of the estimated population of 55,391 for 12 to 17-year-olds in Muntinlupa, according to the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac).

Vaccination of a minor in Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa PIO)

Of the 13,790 minors, 199 have been fully vaccinated, or have received the second dose of the vaccine. In total, 13,989 doses of the vaccine have been administered to minors.

The Muntinlupa City government started vaccinating minors on Oct. 25 using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

According to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, “the second dose should be given after three (3) weeks from the first dose.”

The FDA also approved the use of the Moderna vaccine for 12 years old and above, and its second dose is administered 28 days after the first dose.

As of Nov. 16, there are 30,277 12 to 17-year-olds who have registered with MunCoVac for vaccination, or 55 percent of the minor population in the city.

Of the total, 2,279, or 7.5 percent, have comorbidities, classified by the Department of Health (DOH) as under Pediatric A3 group, while 27,998, or 92.5 percent, are “well children” or without comorbidities.

Minors with comorbidities are vaccinated only at the city-run Ospital ng Muntinlupa. For “well children” or those without comorbidities, the vaccination sites in Muntinlupa are SM Center Muntinlupa, Ayala Malls South Park, New Cupang Health Center, and Sucat covered court.