Adolescents aged 12 to 15 will not be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination for now due to the limited supply of jabs, according to the health department.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said that while the vaccination of young people is being studied, vulnerable sectors such as health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities remain the focus of inoculation efforts.
He added, “We need to follow our prioritization formula. We cannot deviate because if you expand the coverage to more individuals, we cannot achieve the protection needed by the most vulnerable groups.”
Instead, the DOH is pushing for the speedy vaccination of the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. The government is also gearing up to inoculate frontliners in essential sectors and indigent Filipinos by June.
The country’s Food and Drug Administration is set to allow the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12 to 15.