The Philippines will eventually inoculate children and teens against COVID-19, according to Galvez.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr on Thursday said that the Philippines will eventually inoculate children and teens against COVID-19.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Talk to the People” on Thursday night, Galvez said that there will come a time when the Philippines will be vaccinating children and teens against the coronavirus disease as well.
Galvez cited the United States and Canada as among the countries that have started inoculating children 12 years of age and older.
He also said that the Philippine government will buy additional COVID-19 vaccines for the lower age brackets in the future — for those 17 years old to one year old — comprising 29 million of the population.
According to Galvez, the experts in Israel said that they will not be able to fully eliminate the coronavirus disease if there’s a sizeable amount of the population remaining unvaccinated.
“Sinasabi ng Israel, ng mga expert po nila doon, na hindi natin fully mae-eliminate ang disease kung may sizeable amount ng population na hindi pa po nabakunahan. So ibig sabihin po talagang dapat mabakunahan natin lahat ng ating mamamayan para ma-eliminate natin yung disease,” Galvez said.
Earlier on Thursday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that the national government would need PHP 20 billion to inoculate 15 billion teenagers against the coronavirus disease.
The Philippines was currently aiming to secure 202 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, consisting of 158 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be purchased by the national government and the private sector, and 44 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be received from the WHO-led COVAX Facility.