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DOH: Minors Aged 16 to 17 With Comorbidity Can Get Vaccine

The Department of Health has started the inoculation of essential workers this month.

In yet another update on the COVID-19 vaccination program of the Philippine government, the Department of Health (DOH) said minors aged 16 to 17 years old with comorbidity are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to DOH Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, the agency is studying proposals and emergency use applications for the vaccination against COVID-19 on children. (Read: Common COVID-19 Vaccine Fake News And Myths–Debunked!)

Kung meron hong isang bata na 16 to 17-year-old with comorbidity na kasama sa ating rekomendasyon maaari naman siyang mabigyan. Kailangan lang mayroon siyang clearance mula sa kanyang doctor,” Vergeire told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo this morning.

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People waited outside at a temporary vaccination center at the Navotas Fish Port, Philippines on Monday, June 7, 2021.(Photo from AP/The Star)

Meanwhile, the department has given the green light for the inoculation of the A4 priority group or the economic essential workers. However, it is under a “phased” implementation, where workers in areas considered “high-risk” for COVID-19 will be given vaccines first, followed by the rest of the country. 

This included areas that were part of the “NCR Plus 8” group, namely: Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao (Read: 3 Things to Do After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine)

Priority Groups

Aside from the A4 Vaccination rollout, vaccination of frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities is still ongoing. Below is the list of the priority groups for the COVID-19 Vaccination rollout:

Group A

  • A1. Frontline workers in health facilities both national and local, public and private, health professionals and non-professionals like students in health and allied professions courses with clinical responsibilities, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, etc.;
    • A1.1 COVID-19 referral hospitals
    • A1.2 Hospitals catering to COVID-19 cases
    • A1.3 Quarantine/isolation facilities
    • A1.4 Remaining hospitals
    • A1.5 Government-owned community-based primary care facilities
    • A1.6 Remaining healthcare facilities (thru LGU)
    • A1.7 Closed healthcare institutions (such as nursing homes)
  • A2. Senior citizens;
  • A3. Adults with comorbidities;
  • A4. Frontline personnel in essential sectors both public and private, including uniformed personnel, and those working in sectors identified by the IATF that are directly client facing and cannot dutifully meet minimum public health standards; and
  • A5. Poor population based on National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR)

Group B

  • B1. Teachers, social workers;
  • B2. Other government workers;
  • B3. Other essential workers;
  • B4. Socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and poor population based on NHTS-PR;
  • B5. Overseas Filipino Workers; and
  • B6. Other remaining workforce

Group C

  • The rest of the Filipino population not otherwise included in preceding groups. 

For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination program, refer to this link.

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