The National Vaccination Operations Center has announced that the scheduled 05 November nationwide rollout of vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 will begin two days early in the National Capital Region.
The Covid-19 pediatric vaccination, which is presently being administered in around 20 hospitals in the NCR to children with comorbidities, has entered Phase 2.
MANILA — According to NVOC chairperson and health undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, they have given the authority to the local government units (LGUs) to select the venues and schedule for the vaccination of minors, but she has also cautioned the local chief executives to conduct a thorough study to map out a foolproof plan for the vaccine rollouts.
“We will leave it to the discretion of the local government units. Iyong mga bakuna center in general pareho iyan sa adult…Baka i-extend ang time considering some distance problems or kaya naman Sabado o Linggo,” Cabotaje said.
“Walang specific na dates. Basta gusto natin mabakunahan as fast as many and with minimum wastage and safety ang ating prime consideration. Tapos alam naman natin magugulo ang mga bata, tapos may kasama pa sila. So preferably, hiwalay na lane o kaya hiwalay na kuwarto ang paggagawan. Or some LGUs will have separate schedule days,” she added.
The guidelines for the vaccination of children with comorbidities are nearly identical to those for children without, with the only need being is a written authorization from parents or guardians before the available vaccinations are provided, according to Cabotaje.
“Ang kaibahan lang ay iyong sa rest of the pediatric population, we will not require a medical certificate or a medical clearance from the attending doctor kasi we presume na hindi naman may sakit ito, they are healthy and they have no history of any illness. Pero itutuloy pa rin natin iyong ating screening,” the health undersecretary explained.
She noted that there is a high incidence of pericarditis and myocarditis among minors so parents are needed to be informed about these conditions or whether their siblings have comorbidities or not.
“May mga ibang side effects na hindi nakikita sa adult kagaya ng anxiety reaction. ‘Di ba gaya ng bata, natatakot na mabakunahan siya, puwede siyang mag-faint, bihirang mga adults ang nagpe-faint, wala pa yata akong nakitang nag-faint, iyong tumataas ang heart rate,” she said. (TRC/JuanManila)