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Vaccination of 12 to 17-year-olds begins in DavNor.

Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte, on Monday launched its pediatric vaccination program for minors aged 12 to 17, encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated against the coronavirus sickness 2019. (Covid-19).

Mart Sambalud, the municipal information officer, told Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday that they want to vaccinate roughly 8,000 youngsters in their municipality.

Mayor Ernesto Evangelista, Municipal Administrator Elisa Evangelista-Lapia, Municipal Health Officer Dr. June P. Lim, Municipal Health Center Administrator Charlemagne Fernandez, and other local officials of the Sto. Tomas was present during the kick-off event at the Municipal Recreation and Cultural Center, he added.

Minors and young adults who are healthy or have comorbidities, according to Sambalud, may receive the vaccine. Obesity, hereditary illnesses, neurologic conditions, cardiovascular diseases, HIV, chronic respiratory diseases, renal abnormalities, and hepatobiliary (biliary tract, kidney, liver) diseases are only a few examples of comorbidities.

Apart from the Pfizer vaccinations designed for pediatric vaccination, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines are also being utilized for the adults’ second dose, according to Sambalud. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration had previously granted Pfizer and Moderna emergency use authorization for kids aged 12 to 17.

Before the scheduled vaccination, informed consent from the parent or guardian and the kid should be acquired, according to Sambalud.

In addition to the “DavNor QR Code,” valid ID, and birth certificate, the Santo Tomas Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) requires children with comorbidity to obtain approval from their pediatricians or doctors.

“We’re expanding our vaccine program to cover youngsters as well, because they could be infected with the coronavirus.” Evangelista said that while the danger is smaller in minors than in the elderly, “we don’t rule out the chance that they could have severe Covid-19.”

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