QC gears up for vaccination of minors
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QC gears up for vaccination of minors

Oct 18, 2021, 4:53 AM
Santiago Celario

Santiago Celario

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“Now that we are close to reaching our 1.7 million target population of fully vaccinated eligible individuals, it is high time that we expand our vaccination drive to children with co-morbidities who, like the individuals with co-morbidities belonging to A3, are also highly at risk of getting sick with the virus,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The city government of Quezon City has opened up its Covid-19 vaccination registration for minors with comorbidities, as part of efforts to achieve “herd immunity” against the virus.

Minors aged 12-17 with existing co-morbidities will be included in the Pediatric A3 list of priority sectors.

Comorbidities include medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, metabolic or endocrine diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, HIV infection, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory diseases, renal disorders, hepatobiliary diseases, and those who are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment.

Parents or guardians may register their children at the QCVaxEasy website at www.qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph/qcvaxeasy, or through their respective barangays.

“Now that we are close to reaching our 1.7 million target population of fully vaccinated eligible individuals, it is high time that we expand our vaccination drive to children with co-morbidities who, like the individuals with co-morbidities belonging to A3, are also highly at risk of getting sick with the virus,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

“For months, we have been focused on inoculating 80 percent of Quezon City’s adult population or 1.7 million individuals 18 and above and we have now vaccinated close to 200 thousand more than that target. It is now time to shift our attention to minors because they are also vulnerable to the virus,” she added.
“Moreover, they comprise about 30 percent of the city’s approximately 3.1 million population and it is impossible to achieve population protection, which requires vaccination of 80 percent of our total population without including them.”

Dr. Malu Eleria of the QC Task Force Vax to Normal said that only Pfizer and Moderna have been approved for the inoculation of minors.

“Since we are starting the registration process, we will be requesting for the allocation of vaccines from the national government depending on the list of registrants generated,” Dr. Eleria said.

Out of the nine hospitals in Metro Manila that have been chosen by the Department of Health (DOH) for its pilot vaccination drive, four are located in Quezon City: National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and Fe Del Mundo Hospital.

As of October 16, a total of 3,417,523 vaccines have been administered by the Quezon City government. 1,884,264 or 110.84 percent of the 1.7 million target population to achieve population protection have received at least their first dose while 1,626,989 or 95.45 percent are now fully vaccinated.

Tags: #QuezonCity, #Covid19, #Covid19vaccine, #herdimmunity, #minors


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