MANILA, Philippines — The Division of Well being (DOH) on Thursday acknowledged the petition filed by mother and father to ban the company from vaccinating kids aged 5 to 11 in opposition to COVID-19, however added that it has no plans to discontinue its immunization program so as to “shield all sections of society.”
“We acknowledge their proper to file a case, and we are going to await the authorized course of to take its course,” mentioned the DOH in an announcement.
“Nevertheless, so far as the nationwide authorities is anxious, we stay steadfast in our dedication to guard all sectors of society, which embody kids and different susceptible teams. As such, we are going to proceed with the vaccination rollout for the mentioned age group as deliberate,” it added.
This got here after some mother and father filed a petition earlier than the Quezon Metropolis Regional Trial Courtroom to cease the DOH from vaccinating kids aged 5 to 11 in opposition to COVID-19.
The well being division, nevertheless, reiterated that the plan to inoculate kids with ages starting from 5 to 11 is the results of cautious examine by well being consultants and has been permitted in lots of nations, together with the US, which in keeping with the DOH, “has one of the crucial stringent regulatory our bodies on the earth.”
It additionally famous that every one FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines have been confirmed to be secure and efficient, including that over 8.1 million kids have already been vaccinated worldwide with no studies of deaths and severe antagonistic occasions amongst these vaccinated.
“Furthermore, it’s value noting that there have been no antagonistic occasions recorded among the many over 9 million people from the 12 to 17 age group who’ve been vaccinated with not less than one dose, since their vaccination rollout started in October of final yr,” the DOH mentioned.
Over 100,000 pre-registrations of vaccination rollout for the newest pediatric vaccination effort have to date been recorded — signifying the willingness and confidence of fogeys to have their kids vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, mentioned the DOH.
The mentioned pediatric vaccination drive was supposed to start out on Friday, Feb. 4, however was earlier postponed to Feb. 7, following the division’s plan to make sure “sufficient preparation and distribution” of Pfizer vaccines.
Solely Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has to date been given emergency use authorization for youngsters with age starting from 5 to 11 and also will comprise a decrease dosage in comparison with these given to older age teams.
“Vaccinating them is essential to attain our objective of defending all members of the Filipino household,” mentioned the DOH.
“This may allow us to proceed the secure reopening of colleges and different public areas, in addition to guarantee the total financial restoration of our nation,” it added.
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