Vaccination of general public, minors to depend on vaccine supplies

MALACANANG on Thursday said they will meet with the task force Covid-19 pandemic to discuss the vaccination of general population and minors that will start in October.

However, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the inoculation will still depend on vaccine supply of the government.

“Ang detalye ay hihimay-himayin ngayong Thursday sa IATF meeting mamayang alas dos, pero inaasahan natin na kapag sinabi natin na general population, siyempre po meron munang ilang lugar na magsisimula kasi depende rin ‘yan sa supply availability,” he said.

Roque mentioned Pfizer’s vaccine, which he said could only be brought to areas with cold storage facilities.

IATF refers to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the government’s policy-making body in its COVID-19 response.

On Tuesday, Roque announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the vaccination of general population, as well as minors, against COVID-19 starting October.

Roque said the vaccination was approved “in principle.”

As for minors, or those aged 12 years to 17, Roque said priority would be given to those with comorbidities.

“Sa ngayon ay pinapa-masterlisting na natin ang ating mga kabataan, ang ating mga bagets, para kapag full blast na ang mga kabataan nandiyan na ang ating listahan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roque also said in the same Thursday afternoon meeting, the IATF would also discuss whether or not to extend the Alert Level 4 being implemented in Metro Manila.

Alert Level 4 — the second highest in the government’s new five-tiered alert level system — in Metro Manila will expire on September 30.

The business sector earlier urged the government to shift to less stricter alert level 3 after the report of declining cases of Covid-19 in the country.

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