Isko Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna map out plans for the vaccination of minors, 12 to 17 years old, in general next week. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Manila begins jabs for all 12-to-17-year-olds

October 29, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 164 views

BEGINNING November 3, 2021, the city government of Manila will be vaccinating the general population of minors in the city, aged 12 to 17.

Mayor Isko Moreno made this announcement yesterday, as he called on parents and guardians to grab the opportunity and accompany their kids or wards since they have to sign an assent or consent form.

Moreno, who is also running for President under Aksyon Demokratiko, said that as of October 28, 2021, the total number of minors who got their first dose has reached 2,787. They are those aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities.

The mayor said that as soon as the national government gave the green light for the inoculation of minors in general, he immediately met with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is in charge of the city’s mass vaccination program, to lay out the plans to swiftly cover the 48,482 minors belonging to the said age group who have now pre-registered in Manila.

“Please make time and prioritize if you receive a text message from the city. Medyo maganda ang naimpok nating bakuna galing sa national government na Pfizer at Moderna dahil ‘yun lang ang allowed sa mga bata. With your help, we will be successful na mabakunahan na ang mga bata sa Maynila,” Moreno appealed to the parents and guardians.

Once a text message is received, Moreno said the minor has to bring his birth or baptismal certificate, PWD or school ID and the like, adding that the consent and assent form will then be signed by the accompanying parent or guardian at the vaccination site, in the presence of the doctor, nurse or health worker assisting them.

The said mass vaccination will be held in the six hospitals being run by the city government of Manila, namely Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (1st district), Ospital ng Tondo (2nd district), Justice Abad Santos General Hospital (3rd district), Ospital ng Sampaloc (4th district), Ospital ng Maynila (5th district) and Sta. Ana Hospital (6th district).

Moreno said Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan will be on top of the said mass vaccination which, as usual, will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meanwhile, Lacuna said that aside from the vaccination of minors with comorbidities, the first dose vaccination of those belonging to the A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 categories continued in Manila yesterday in shopping malls and health centers to serve the communities, and even at the drive-thru vaccination center at the Quirino Grandstand where four occupants may avail of the jab per vehicle as long as one of them pre-registered with the city government via online.