The Department of Health (DOH) is set to launch the pediatric vaccination in Iloilo City on Friday, October 29.
According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, the vaccination rollout for minors will be held in St. Paul’s Hospital in compliance with the recommendation of the DOH that it should be hospital-based.
“We really welcome this development because we really have to give protection to children aged 12 to 17 years old from COVID-19 infection,” Treñas said.
City’s COVID team focal person, Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, said 250 slots for pre-registered minors were identified by the hospital.
These are mostly children with comorbodities, he said.
Requirements to be presented at the vaccination site include birth certificate, identification card of the parent or guardian, and medical certificate from pediatrician or district medical doctor stating comorbidity of a child.
Meanwhile, the city will expand the vaccination for minors on November 2 to its mega sites that are in proximity of hospitals in case of any adverse reaction:
- Ateneo de Iloilo which is near Qualimed Hospital;
- SM City near Medicus Medical Center;
- Robinsons-Jaro near West Visayas State University Medical Center;
- University of San Agustin near St. Paul’s Hospital; and
- Megaworld near The Medical City Iloilo.
Treñas declared all the city’s mega vaccination centers will no longer require a pre-registration of minors, and will be open even for non-residents but studying in Iloilo City.
“Parents need only to bring IDs and sign the consent form onsite,” he said.
So far, there are 5,894 minors aged 12 to 17 years old who were able to pre-register.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has given go signal for the nationwide rollout of vaccination for miners.
In Iloilo City, it is targeting to vaccinate some 50,000 youngsters.
Pre-registration sites are located at SM City North Wing (fronting Café Iloilo); Festive Mall cyber area; Globe vax booths in all plazas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily; Atria on Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and barangays. (With a report from Iloilo City PIO)/WDJ