MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Pateros has opened the COVID-19 vaccination registration for children aged 12 to 17.
The registration is only open to minors residing in the municipality.
The Pateros municipal government earlier called on parents and guardians to register their children for vaccination by using the QR code it posted on its official social media account.
Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III earlier said that those who registered early will be given priority once the vaccination for minors begins and additional supplies are available.
The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for minors.
FDA director general Eric Domingo lauded the local government’s initiative ahead of the possible vaccination roll out for adolescents.
“It’s a great initiative on the part of the LGU na ngayon pa lang mag-umpisa na silang magregister ng mga adolescents, kasi darating naman talaga tayo doon. Darating din naman yung panahon na magbabakuna ng mga bata,” he said.
“It would be good, I think, for LGUs to prepare para kapag sinabi ng DOH na okay we have enough, pwede na tayong mag-vaccinate ng adolescents, pwede na agad islang makapag-rollout,” he added.
The government earlier said it may gradually include children in the COVID-19 vaccination program in the fourth quarter of the year when the Philippines gets the bulk of vaccine supply.
The country’s current vaccine supply is only allocated for priority groups, including healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with underlying medical condition, essential workers, and indigents.
“Low -risk pa rin ang mga bata bagama’t nagkakaroon ng maraming cases across all ages pati sa mga bata, sila pa rin ang lowest risk of getting COVID and lowest risk of getting severe COVID” Domingo said.