Sat. May 28th, 2022

The Department of Health is preparing 32 vaccination sites for children aged 5 to 11 under its “Resbakuna Kids” that would start February 4.


Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center chief Myrna Cabotaje said the vaccination drive, using a reformulated dose of the Pfizer-Comirnarty vaccine, would first cover Metro Manila or the National Capital Region and then select areas in Calabarzon and Central Luzon from February 7.

According to the DOH, among the 32 vaccination sites in NCR are the National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Philippine Heart Center, all in Quezon City.

“Regardless of the location, the site must be prepared to handle any eventuality and that it should offer a pleasant experience to our kids,” Cabotaje said during the Laging Handa briefing.

She said about 15.5 million children can be inoculated, based on the Philippine Statistics Authority data.

“We will do it by tranches depending on the vaccines that will arrive,” she said in an online briefing.

There will be no separate inoculation for children with comorbidities to speed up the process. Those with comorbidities must present medical certificates.

Parents or guardians must bring the child’s birth certificate or any proof of filiation.

Children aged seven and above would also have to sign an assent form.

Cabotaje said the pediatric vaccination will initiate the “cocoon protection” for families, especially those with children below five years old who cannot yet receive the Covid-19 jab.

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