A total of 203,357 children aged 12 to 17 years old have been vaccinated against Covid-19 since the pediatric vaccination started nearly a month ago, a health official said Monday.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the latest data from the National Vaccination Operations Center showed that about 0.10 percent of the vaccinated minors experienced adverse events.
The top three most frequently reported adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) are expected temporary reactions such as vaccination site pain, headaches, and dizziness. Other AEFIs reported were anxiety-related cases, Vergeire said.
“All our cases of adverse events were all well-managed. They were all addressed and all the adolescents who had these reactions were able to go home after proper management,” Vergeire said in a media briefing in Filipino.
The pilot rollout of pediatric vaccination began last October 15 in eight participating hospitals in the NCR for 12 to 17-year-old children with comorbidities.
The pediatric vaccination was officially launched nationwide last November 3, with a target population of 12.722 million, of which about 1.272 million have comorbidities.