Some LGUs open COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration to minors aged 12 to 17

A growing number of local government units (LGUs) have launched online pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccination of 12- to 17-year-old minors, in anticipation of a potential move by the national government to expand inoculation coverage in the Philippines.

The city government of Taguig, in a Facebook post on Saturday, September 11, called on individuals aged 12 to 17 to register through Taguig TRACE, the locality's contact tracing application.

The Taguig Public Information Office confirmed to reporters the announcement also served as the coronavirus vaccine pre-registration for the said age bracket.

Vaccine pre-registration for minors who are 12 years old and above is also being conducted in Caloocan, Manila, and Pateros, among others.

The Quezon City government, meanwhile, said it was in coordination with schools to obtain a master list of students.

"The idea is to put up vaccination sites in these private and public schools," QC's vaccination chief Joseph Juico said on Monday, September 13.

"For those out-of-school youths, home schooling and youths studying outside of the city, we are coordinating with barangays who are now doing a census in their areas of responsibility," he added.

The Philippines has yet to give the greenlight on the inoculation of minors against COVID-19.

But calls to expand the coverage of the Philippines' immunization drive are growing amid the threat of the highly infectious Delta variant.

Philippine drug regulators, however, have already approved the use of Moderna's vaccine for adolescents who are 12 to 17 years old, and Pfizer's vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15. ā€“ Rappler.com