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

Dwight de Leon

STUDENTS. Students at the Araullo High School don face masks as the Manila City local government led by Mayor Isko Moreno provided 500,000 face masks to public school students for protection against the novel coronavirus on January 31, 2020.

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Local governments unit ready themselves in the event that the national government give the go-signal on the COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents

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. – Rappler.com

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

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.