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DOH To Start Vaccination Among Children With Comorbidities

DOH To Start Vaccination Among Children With Comorbidities

The Department of Health recently announced that vaccination among children with comorbidities will start on October 15, 2021. In connection with this, many municipalities have now opened their pre-registration for minors aged 12 to 17.

Currently, There Are Eight COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Minors

The pilot run for vaccination of minors will begin in the National Capital Region, considering they have significant vaccine coverage1. After two weeks, the DOH plans to transition to other regions.

As of this writing, there are a total of eight COVID-19 vaccination sites for minors. All these sites are hospitals, which are prepared to take swift action should the children have adverse effects to the vaccine2.

The vaccination sites are:

  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Fe Delmundo Medical Center
  • Makati Medical Center
  • National Children’s Hospital
  • Pasig City Children’s Hospital
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City

A government official stated that many hospitals, including some located in Cebu and Iloilo, also want to join the pilot project.

Many Municipalities Have Now Opened The Pre-Registration for Minors

In preparation for vaccination among children, many municipalities have now opened the pre-registration for minors aged 12 to 17.

Some of these municipalities include3:

  • Caloocan City
  • Makati City
  • Mandaluyong City
  • Manila
  • Muntinlupa City
  • Pateros
  • Taguig
  • San Juan City

Please follow your municipality’s or health office’s social media accounts to learn if they have also opened the pre-registration for minors.

The Pilot Run Is Only for Minors with Comorbidities

While many municipalities have opened the pre-registration for minors, please note that the pilot run will only be for children with comorbidities, like respiratory and kidney diseases. They will be included in the A3 priority group.

Vaccination among children who do not have comorbidities will follow as soon as the country receives sufficient supply and achieves adequate coverage of senior citizens.

What Experts Say About COVID-19 Vaccination Among Children

The US Center for Disease Control recommends everyone 12 years and older get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Side effects, such as fever and chills, redness and swelling in the injection site, and headache, may occur, but they usually resolve within a few days.

There are reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) in adolescents and young adults after receiving mRNA vaccines, usually after the second dose. But these reports are rare, and the known potential benefits of vaccines still outweigh the known potential risks.

In fact, myocarditis is a much more common complication with COVID-19 compared to getting the vaccine.

Generally, the vaccines help:

  • Prevent the child from contracting COVID-19
  • Prevent or reduce the transmission of the virus
  • Stop the emergence of other variants
  • Restore a normal life
  • Protect the community

Reminders for Parents

If you plan to get your child vaccinated, remember:

  • Your child will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as they are the only ones with Emergency Use Authorization for individuals aged 12 to 17.
  • Obtain medical clearance from your child’s pediatrician first before registration. This is necessary for minors with comorbidities.
  • Finally, while myocarditis and pericarditis reports after vaccination are rare, experts still encourage parents to watch out for signs, like fluttering heart, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Seek medical care right away if your child experiences these effects within a week of getting vaccinated.

Key Takeaways

Vaccination among children will start in the National Capital Region on October 15, 2021. The pilot run is only for minors with comorbidities and will happen in hospitals so that healthcare professionals can swiftly act in cases where adverse reactions occur.

Only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have EUA for minors aged 12 to 17. Despite the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis, experts still recommend parents to have their children vaccinated as the benefits outweigh the risks.

More Health News here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

DOH: Vaccination among children to start with those with comorbidities, https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/805050/doh-vaccination-among-children-to-start-with-those-with-comorbidities/story/, Accessed October 12, 2021

Two more Metro Manila hospitals join pilot run of COVID-19 vaccination for minors, https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1498189/two-more-ncr-hospitals-join-pilot-run-of-covid-19-vaccination-for-minors, Accessed October 12, 2021

LIST: Local govts open pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination among minors, https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/9/15/local-government-units-pre-registration-COVID-19-minors-.html, Accessed October 12, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html, Accessed October 12, 2021

DOH: VACCINATION AMONG CHILDREN AGED 12-17 TO START WITH COMORBIDITIES, AS PART OF A3 GROUP, https://doh.gov.ph/press-release/DOH-VACCINATION-AMONG-CHILDREN-AGED-12-17-TO-START-WITH-COMORBIDITIES-AS-PART-OF-A3-GROUP, Accessed October 12, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines for kids: What you need to know, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-vaccines-for-kids/art-20513332#can-affect-heart, Accessed October 12, 2021

COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-vaccine-what-parents-need-to-know, Accessed October 12, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated a week ago
Fact Checked by Cesar Beltran