Manila begins inoculating 5-11-year old kids against COVID-19

MANILA – The city government of Manila on Monday began administering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11-years old as the Philippines seeks to protect more youths against the virus that has killed millions worldwide.

Parents have to schedule their children for vaccination via, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said in a press conference.

“After that they can bring any vaccination card from their municipality or city then we can register them here,” he said.

“This is our way of getting a control of the number of people who come here,” he said, noting that the zoo can accommodate some 2,000 to 3,000 people daily.

Adults and adolescents between 12 and 17-years-old can be inoculated at the Manila Zoo, the mayor said.

Local officials will study the number and location of minors who want to get jabbed against COVID-19 before deciding when and where to open more inoculation sites for 5 to 11-year-old children, he said.

As of February 6, there were 19,876 children aged between 5 and 11-years-old who have signed up for Manila’s inoculation program against COVID-19, data from the local government showed.

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