The chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 said they are now studying the inclusion of children in the government’s vaccination program.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. issued the remark on Sunday in response to reports that there were children with complicated cases of coronavirus admitted at the pediatric Covid-19 ward of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
“We have reported this to the President (Rodrigo Duterte) during our talk to the people and we have stated that during the Delta attack in India, more than 9,000 in a village were children. We proposed to the NITAG (interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group) we have to include children as soon as possible considering they will also be vulnerable, particularly children with comorbidities. We have seen in PGH the three critical there, two of them have comorbidities. Very vulnerable and their resistance is not yet that strong in terms of pulmonary diseases,” Galvez told reporters partly in Filipino on the sidelines of the arrival of 326,400 doses of Moderna vaccine at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
“We are trying to look and maybe by the end of September or October, we will open up pediatrics and adolescent vaccination. Meron kami nine-negotiate na (We are negotiating for) more or less 26 million doses intended for our pediatrics vaccination,” he added.
Galvez said the age group they are eyeing for inclusion in the vaccination program covers 12 to 17 years.