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Joy Belmonte asks nat’l gov’t: Expand COVID-19 vaccination to kids aged 17 years old and below

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is asking the government to allot COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 17 years old and below to hasten the attainment of herd immunity.

Belmonte made the call after vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government is raising its vaccination target to 90% of the population. She said data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) that more than 12,000 minors in the city had COVID-19.

“What health experts are now pushing for can not be achieved in our city if we will not allow children or those below 18 years old to get COVID-19 vaccines, and help them as well from getting seriously sick from the virus,” Belmonte said.

The mayor said the local government is ready to start inoculating children once it receives the guidelines or a go signal from the national government.

“We understand that there is a vaccine shortage at the moment but once our country gets a regular supply of vaccines with FDA approval for vaccinating 17 and below we should consider this right away. We need to protect our children given that they are directly or indirectly exposed,” Belmonte said.