Covid jabs for 5 to 11 year olds to start on Valentine’s Day: Ang

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The National Vaccination Operations Center has announced that the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for children aged five years to 11 will start on February 14, Valentine’s Day, Em Ang, Bacolod Emergency Operations Center executive director, said Tuesday, February 1.

Ang said she attended a training course for administering COVID-19 vaccines to 5 to 11 year old children Tuesday morning.

The dosage of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines given to children aged five years to 11 is different from those given to 12 to 17 year olds and adults, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said earlier.

She said the different Pfizer doses have color-coded bottle caps to ensure that individuals are given the right dosage.

Based on a study from the United States, the COVID-19 vaccine for five- to 11-year-olds has an efficacy rate of 91 percent, with no known serious side effects, she added.*

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