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Pfizer jabs have varying dosages for children aged 5 to 11. Executive of the Department of Health

A Department of Health (DOH) official stated Friday that the dosage of the Pfizer BioNTech (Pfizer) Covid-19 vaccine given to children aged five to eleven years differs from that provided to 12- to 17-year-olds and adults.

“Kahit parehong Pfizer po ang brand na binibigay sa mga 12 to 17 years old at five to 11 years old, magkaiba po ang formula ng bakuna sa kanila,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a press conference in Malacanang.

Only Pfizer has got an emergency use authorization (EUA) for children aged five to eleven, whereas those aged 12 to seventeen can be vaccinated with both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, according to Vergeire.

The different Pfizer doses have color-coded bottle caps, according to her, to ensure that people get the right dosage.

According to research from the United States, the Covid-19 vaccination for children aged five to eleven has a 91 percent efficacy rate and no known major adverse effects.

“Gaya po ng pagbabakuna sa nakakatanda, maaari pong makaramdam ang ating mga kabataan ng pananakit o pamumula ng injection site, pagkapagod o weariness, o pananakit ng ulo,” Vergeire explained.

She stated that these symptoms should subside in two to three days and that they may be helped by keeping the youngsters properly hydrated or giving them paracetamol.

“Bihira lamang ang malalang adverse effect ng Covid-19 vaccination, at kung meron man, ay gumagaling din po ang mga kabataang nakaranas nito,” Vergeire remarked.

She cited the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Philippine Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society as saying that children with modest Covid-19 symptoms can still become infected and be hospitalized or confined to an intensive care unit (ICU).

“Sa mga kabataang may karamdaman o co-morbidities, mas mataas o 1.8x ang risk na sila po ay tamaan ng malubhang Covid-19 na maaaring mangailangan ng intensive care, habang 2.8x naman po ang risk na maaaring sanhi ng pagkamatay dahil s

Covid-19 vaccinations for minors aged five to eleven years will begin on February 4, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

He said the vaccine rollout for the age group will start in a hospital-based vaccination site and another run by a local government body in the National Capital Region, before expanding to the remainder of Metro Manila and other regions in the second week.

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