Govt to expand Covid vaccination of children to 13 NCR hospitals

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The government will expand its vaccination of children for Covid-19 to 13 more hospitals in National Capital Region (NCR).

In his Talk to the People, President Rodrigo Duterte said there are presently eight participating hospitals for the pilot run of the Covid-19 pediatric vaccination in the NCR.

These include the 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, St. Luke’s Hospital-Global City, and the Makati Medical Center.

Duterte said more than 1,100 minors aged 15 to 17 with comorbidities have been inoculated with their first dose of vaccine during the first day of vaccination of minors on Oct. 15.

“I am happy to report that on the first day of inoculation of minors on Oct. 15 more than 1,100 minors with comorbidities were given their first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. Also, we will expand the vaccination of this adolescent age group of 12 to 17 by adding 13 more hospitals in the NCR,” he said.

Children with any of these comorbidities are eligible for vaccination — medical complexity or those with long term dependence on technical support; genetic conditions; neurologic conditions; metabolic or endocrine diseases; cardiovascular diseases; obesity; HIV ((human immunodeficiency virus) infection; tuberculosis; chronic respiratory diseases; renal disorders; hepatobiliary diseases; and those who are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment.

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