Vaccination of minors in Iloilo City to roll out on October 29

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City will start vaccination of its minors aged 12 to 17 years old starting Friday, October 29, in at least four hospitals in the metro, while in a continuous downtrend in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the last five weeks./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Rappler)

ILOILO CITY–The vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 years old against COVID-19 in Iloilo City will officially roll out on Friday, October 29.

According to Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas, the minors will be administered Pfizer or Moderna shots at designated hospitals yet unnamed.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines and, so far, the only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on minors in the said age group.

The latest data from the city government show that around 5,738 minors are already on the list to get vaccinated. But registration is ongoing, and parents or guardians are urged to register their minor wards as soon as possible and accompany them on their scheduled day of vaccination with written parental consent.


At least five hospitals in the region have already been identified as pilot hospitals for the vaccination roll-out for the said minors late this week: four in Iloilo City and one in Bacolod City.

However, according to Dr. Daphynie Teorima, the designated spokesperson of the regional Department of Health (DOH), the hospitals will not be identified yet pending coordination with the local government units (LGUs) where the target hospitals are located.

DOH-6 aims to vaccinate around 370,000 minors with known comorbidities here in Western Visayas.


Based on data from the DOH-6 as of October 24, Iloilo City now only has 642 active COVID-19 cases after registering only 175 new cases this week, placing them fifth in the region behind Negros Occidental (4,441), Iloilo Province (3,157), Bacolod City (1,667), and Capiz (694).

The entire WV now has 11,256 active cases—almost 2,000 cases lower than the previous week.

Iloilo City has a total of 20,356 recoveries from the virus, fourth in the region next to Iloilo Province (29,703), Negros Occidental (27,226), and Bacolod City (20,525).

The city remains third in WV with the most deaths from COVID-19 with 569, next to Iloilo Province (900) and Negros Occidental (608), following 17 fatalities for Iloilo City recorded in the period October 18-24. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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