What to expect on day of COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2022 03:17 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2022 04:30 PM

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MANILA—The Philippines is set to start its COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 on February 4, as government continued to expand its inoculation rollout.

On Saturday, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said there would be no separate vaccination for children who have health risks but they must show a medical certificate clearing them for immunization. 

"Hindi kagaya noong 12 to 17 na nauna ang may comorbidity, gusto natin na mabilis ang bakunahan, kaya pagsasabayin natin ang pagbabakuna ng may comorbidity at mga walang comorbidity," Cabotaje explained in a televised public briefing.

There are 32 sites in Metro Manila for the rollout, Cabotaje said, with each locality having 1 to 3 vaccination areas. This could be schools, parks, and hospitals. ​

Calabarzon and Central Luzon will also have at least 2 hospitals for their inoculation rollout from February 7, she added. 

Here are the following reminders for parents or guardians for the inoculation rollout next week: 

 

For the full guidelines, you may read the document here

There are some 13.5 million children aged 5 to 11 in the country, according to the Department of Health. 

As of Wednesday, the Philippines already partially vaccinated at least 60.2 million individuals, while more than 58.4 million are already fully immunized. 

More than 7 million, meanwhile, already received their boosters.