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The Philippines on Monday, Feb. 7 began vaccinating children aged 5-11 against Covid-19.
Initially slated to kick off on Feb. 4, the vaccination was pushed back due to “logistical challenges.” The first batch of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to be used for the immunization of children only arrived on Friday evening.
The national government aims to inoculate around 15.5 million children under the particular age bracket, says the National Vaccination Operations Center.
The vaccination started in Metro Manila and will be expanded in nearby provinces in the following days. Currently, there are six vaccination sites for children in the nation’s capital— the Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Manila Zoo, SM North Edsa (Skydome), and the FilOil Gym in San Juan City.
Furthermore, four Metro Manila mayors said they would only allow the inoculation of children with the consent of their parents or guardians.
On Feb. 2, the health department reported a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases among children younger than five years old.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 632 kids in the age group caught the disease from January 24 to 30.
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