Children in the Philippines can be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine by 2nd half of 2021, according to Galvez
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr on Monday said that children in the Philippines can be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine by 2nd half of 2021.
Children may soon get inoculated in the second half of 2021 with the national government’s procurement of at least 40 million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Galvez raised the possibility to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday since the majority of the American-made COVID-19 vaccine doses will arrive during the third and fourth quarter of this year.
“Maganda po ito baka magamit natin sa mga children, kasi majority of this volume will be given during the third and fourth quarter. Lalo na ‘pag fourth quarter, when we open up ‘yung vaccination natin,” Galvez said.
It was last June 20 when the Philippine government signed a supply agreement for the 40 million Pfizer vaccine doses, the biggest COVID-19 vaccine procurement for this year.
Last June 8, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of the said vaccine for minors aged 12 to 15. Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration only authorized Pfizer vaccine to be given to persons 16 years old and above.
The said approval came after the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) also allowed the emergency use of the said vaccine to the same age bracket.
So far, the Philippines had received a total of more than 2.3 million Pfizer vaccine doses from the World Health Organization-led COVAX.
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