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Vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 has not yet begun: DOH

On Monday, the administration emphasized that the Covid-19 vaccination program for children aged five to eleven years old has yet to begin.

The Department of Health (DOH) stated in an alert that vaccine rollout for the youngest age group is in the works.

According to the DOH, the National Vaccination Operations Center would announce the exact vaccination schedule “as soon as Covid-19 vaccines suitable for ages 5 to 11 and proper syringes become available.”

“While we wait for the Covid-19 vaccinations to be made available to this pediatric population, we recommend that children finish their usual immunizations to protect them from diseases that are more contagious and deadly, such as measles, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria,” the advisory stated.

At least 13.5 million children aged 5 to 11 are expected to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the government.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration has already granted emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine’s lower dosage for the age group.

The acquisition of actual Pfizer doses with the decreased dosage and concentration is still happening, according to the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

Pfizer vaccine delivery are expected to begin in January of next year.

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