May 26, 2024

The Department of Health requested the Food and Drug Administration to amend the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of some Covid-19 vaccine brands so they can be administered as booster shots for children aged 12 to 17 years old.
In the “ResBakuna Kids and Tourists” activity in Baguio, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. announced the DOH has already submitted a request to the FDA to amend the EUA of the Pfizer and Moderna jabs.
Galvez said the government is also pushing for the administration of a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to select sectors.
“Hinihiling po namin sa inyo na kapag nag-open na ang ating fourth dose, at nag-open na rin ang booster sa 12 to 17 years old, magpabakuna tayo. Hangga’t maaga, magpabakuna na,” he said.
As of April 8, a total of 9,058,466 aged 12 to 17 years old have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The vaccination event held at a mall in city here focused on children aged 5 to 11, as well as tourists.
Galvez said he envisions Baguio to be a model of the national government’s vaccination efforts.
“We want to show local and foreign tourists that Baguio City is ready for business. When they visit here, they will feel safe. Tourists can even get vaccinated here. Baguio is a beautiful place that is not only a premier tourist destination but a health, wellness, and vaccination hub as well,” Galvez said.
In line with the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan, Galvez lauded those who work tirelessly to help in the country’s pandemic response efforts, especially the vaccination program.
The Philippines had already administered 143,966,310 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
Of the total, 66,609,892 Filipinos are fully vaccinated while 12,443,226 of them have booster or additional doses. – Press release