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Gov’t preps for vaccination of 12-17 age group

The National Task Force Against Covid-19, along with Metro Manila mayors, have started their preparations for the expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination program to the younger population, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said yesterday.

Galvez said the so-called vaccination tempo for the National Capital Region is nearing its saturation point, allowing the expansion of vaccine rollout to other sectors.

Based on the NTF data sent to the media Friday night, about 64.21 percent of NCR’s target eligible population for vaccination are now fully vaccinated while 84.09 percent have received their first doses.

“We are looking at expanding the vaccine rollout to the younger population or those 12 to 17 years old in NCR. We are awaiting the recommendation of our vaccine and public health experts regarding this matter, but the NTF along with Metro Manila mayors, have started preparations for this expansion,” he said in a statement.

Galvez said some local government units in Metro Manila have opened registration for the younger age bracket.

Galvez said once a sufficient supply of vaccines is delivered and with the recommendation of the health experts, the government will start pediatric vaccination.

To date, the Philippines has a total vaccine stockpile of 58,208,810 doses.

Galvez said over 6.3 million doses, consisting of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sinovac vaccines, were delivered early this month.

At least 30 million doses are slated to arrive in the coming weeks – 12 million Sinovac doses; five million, Pfizer; 3 to 5 million, Moderna; 1.1 million, AstraZeneca; one million, Sputnik Light; one million doses of donated vaccines from a bilateral partner; and more than 10 million doses from the COVAX Facility.*PNA

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