The national government will soon allow the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12 to 15 years old.
This comes after the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo announced on Thursday (May 27) that health experts have already agreed to recommend the use of the shot on adolescents.
“Yung atin pong mga experts ay in-evaluate (the Pfizer vaccine). In fact, early this evening, I already got the recommendations of our experts and [they were] very favorable,” Domingo shared during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to the director-general, they’re already making plans to amend the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer anti-coronavirus vaccine to include the new demographic, which will be accomplished within the week.
“Within the week po we will be issuing an amendment to the emergency use authorization of Pfizer, and we will be able to use it in children, 12 to 15 year olds,” Domingo explained.
Earlier this month, the US Government also approved the use of Pfizer’s anti-COVID 19 for teenagers.
The Pfizer vaccine is among six other vaccines that have been provided an EUA by the Philippine Government. It’s also the first shot to be approved for use in the country.
Earlier this month, the Philippines welcomed 193,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which has been distributed to different cities in the country. The government said that more shots are set to arrive this year, specifically in the second quarter – 2.2 million doses are expected to be delivered.
So far, the Philippines has inoculated 4.31 million Filipinos – of which 986, 929 have been fully vaccinated. Currently, the government’s vaccination drive is still limited to the A1, A2, and A3 brackets, composed of frontline health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
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