The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, October 4, released the list of comorbidities or preexisting illnesses of minors aged 12 to 17 who will be given priority for COVID-19 vaccinations.
In a press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the list was made in consultation with the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society.
- Medical complexity
- Genetic conditions
- Neurologic conditions
- Metabolic/ endocrine
- Cardiovascular disease
- HIV infection
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Renal disorders
The government’s coronavirus task force said the start of vaccinations among adolescents with comorbodities will be on October 15.
“The pilot will begin on October 15, 2021, under a phased approach as may be determined by the National Vaccination Operations Center,” it said.
Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje earlier said that the rollout of vaccines to minors with comorbidities will begin with a pilot run in Metro Manila.
In a separate briefing on Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the vaccinations of minors in Metro Manila will be done in six hospitals so the children will be closely monitored after their jabs.
Below is the list of hospitals:
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center
- National Children’s Hospital
- Philippine Heart Center
- Pasig City Children’s Hospital
- Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
- Philippine General Hospital
Duque said that the pilot vaccination of minors will be done in two phases.
“Uunahin natin by phases. 15 to 17 ang mauuna, then sunod 12-14. Dahil sila po ay minor, kailangan po talaga ng parental consent,” he said. (We’ll do it in phases. First will be 15 to 17, then followed by 12 to 14. Because they are minors, parent consent is needed.)
Complete guidelines of the vaccinations for minors are expected to be publicized soon. – Rappler.com