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Bacolod to start vax drive for ‘Pediatric A3’ Nov. 5

The Department of Health has given the green light for the COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 years old with comorbidities, Em Ang, Bacolod Emergency Operations Center executive director, said Friday, October 15.

They are now part of the A3 priority group and will be called “Pediatric A3,” Ang said in a Facebook post.

“We are now master listing 12 to 17-year-old kids in preparation for the roll-out of vaccines for Pediatric A3 on November 5,” she said.

Children who fall under Pediatric A3 are those with Down syndrome, HIV, cancer, tuberculosis and other ailments.

To date only Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can be given to the pediatric population, she said.

Those who fall under “Pediatric A3” must have medical certificates from their attending pediatricians/physicians detailing their commorbidities, a birth certificate and must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical data and analysis, said since the city government started its master listing of minors for COVID-19 vaccination, few have signed up.

The city aims to vaccinate 100,000 minors aged 12 to 17 years old. However, the date for the vaccination of minors who are not comorbid has not been set yet, they are still waiting for the go signal of the DOH, he said.

They are coordinating with the barangays, the Department of Education and private schools for the master listing of the minors, he added.

Those who wish to register their minor children for vaccination may visit: https://tinyurl.com/bcdceirminors, Ang said.*

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