Bacolod to start vaccinating minors vs COVID-19 on Cinco de Noviembre

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— The city of Bacolod will be marking another historical milestone in its fight against COVID-19 as it will finally inoculate minors against the deadly corona virus on Negros Day, the 5th of November, as part of its drive to achieve herd immunity.

In a statement, the Emergency Operations Center- Task Force (EOC-TF) said that the Department of Health (DOH) has given its green light to officially start the rollout and vaccinate against COVID-19 those who are under ‘Pediatric A3’, or persons aged 12 to 17 years old and have comorbidities.

Per the DOH guidelines, Only Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be administered to these minors.

According to the DOH, the Pediatric A3 vaccination will focus on minors whose comorbidities include HIV, cancer, and tuberculosis, among others.

Minors who have down syndrome are also qualified to get inoculated under this category.

“We are now masterlisting 12 to 17-year-old kids in preparation for the rollout of vaccines for Pediatric A3 on November 5,” said EOC Executive Director Em Ang.

Parents of minors under the Pediatric A3 group may register their children through this link: https://tinyurl.com/bcdceirminors

Meanwhile, the DOH is advising minors who do not belong to the Pediatric A3 group to continue following COVID-19 health protocols, like wearing of face masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene.

EOC Deputy for Medical Dr. Chris Sorongon said that the city government aims to vaccinate more than 100,000 minors aged 12 to 17 years old.

“The EOC had coordinated with public and private schools for the masterlisting of our minor population aged 12 to 17,” added Sorongon.

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