DOH-6: Pilot vaccination rollout for 12- to 17-year olds to start in NCR

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te (inset), spokesperson of the Department of Health-6, said that while the IATF has already approved the vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17 years old, the pilot vaccination rollout tomorrow, October 15, will only be for those from the National Capital Region (NCR)./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of the PNA and CNN Philippines)

ILOILO CITY–The Department of Health-Center for Health Development-6 here in Western Visayas recently clarified that the approved vaccination of 12- to 17-year olds will start in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the time being before it branches out to other regions.

This was to clear things up following the recent announcement made by Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque that the vaccination of minors in that age group against COVID-19 is to start this month.

According to Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, designated spokesperson of DOH-6, the pilot vaccination rollout for the said age group is set to start tomorrow, October 15, but this will only be for NCR.

She added that DOH will be prioritizing the pediatric population with comorbidities such as genetic conditions, metabolic or endocrine diseases, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other similar ailments.

Meanwhile, here in the region, the DOH-6 targets to vaccinate some 370,000 minors in the said age bracket, with the department now identifying the pilot hospitals that will conduct the vaccination rollout to jab recipients.

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In related news, Negros Occidental overtook Iloilo Province with the most active COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas this week with a total of 4,899 cases, easily eclipsing Iloilo’s 4,291 cases. In third and fourth places on the list are the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo with 2,231 and 1,049, respectively.

Completing the list are the provinces of Capiz (797), Antique (350), Aklan (214), and Guimaras (209).

Meanwhile, Iloilo continues to top the list with the most total recoveries with 27,973, followed by Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, and Bacolod City with 25,195, 19,660, and 18,911, respectively.

As for total deaths from COVID-19, Iloilo Province dominates the list with 856 fatalities; Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, and Bacolod City are distant runners-up with 592, 548, and 525 deaths, in that order. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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