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Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available at NegOcc.

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – After receiving extra vaccines this week, the province administration of Negros Occidental is getting a boost in its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11.

The province has received an additional 125,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for this age range as of Tuesday.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II told reporters, “We hope to reach out to more youngsters for immunization so that we can prepare them for the inauguration of classrooms that are already face-to-face.”

On April 4, the Department of Health-Western Visayas reported that 17,785 children aged 5 to 11 were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Negros Occidental, accounting for 4.9 percent of the target 363,249 vaccinees.

The first dose has been given to 36,959 children or 10.17 percent of the total.

According to documents from the Provincial Health Office, 36,720 doses of Pfizer vaccinations for the age group have been assigned for the second dose as of the end of March, and are projected to be fully utilized by the end of April.

Based on the emergency use license provided by the Food and Drug Administration Philippines, the Pfizer-BioNTech brand is indicated for active vaccination for the prevention of Covid-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals 5 years and older, according to the Department of Health.

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