Children aged 5 to 11 can get their Pfizer COVID vaccines during a week-long "mini rollout" that will start on Feb. 1, the head of the country's immunization drive said Friday.
Expanding immunizations to kids will pave the way for the reopening of schools and the lifting of mobility restrictions on minors, said Sec. Carlito Galvez, President Rodrigo Duterte's vaccine czar.
Some 13.5 million children aged 5 to 11 can get the reformulated Pfizer jab, Galvez said. The government also aims to inoculate up to 11.11 million kids aged four and below by April.
“Planado na po kami sa children vaccination kasi isa ‘yun sa main objectives natin kasi gusto po nating makapag-open na ng classes at ma-lift ang restrictions sa mga bata,” Galvez said.
The Philippines has fully vaccinated almost 54 million as of Jan. 12, according to the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard. More than four million of them have received their boosters, it said.
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