The Quezon City government on Wednesday said it is now preparing for the registration and inoculation of the younger population against COVID-19.
In a press statement, the city government said it is looking to vaccinate around 267,000 students aged 12 to 17 when it starts the rollout of the vaccination for minors.
The local government said its QC Task Force Vax to Normal is currently working with public and private schools to determine the number of currently enrolled students aged 12-17 years.
“We are closely working with our private and public schools because the strategy now is to put up sites in their campuses and school grounds,” QC Task Force Vax to Normal Co-chair Joseph Juico said.
As for the out-of-school youth, homeschooled and students enrolled outside the city, Juico said the task force is coordinating with barangay officials for proper enlisting.
The online booking system developed by the city will also be activated to schedule their inoculation once the vaccines for children become available.
This data will then be used as a basis for the allocation and registration of this age group for the vaccines, it added.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the vaccination of minors may be implemented soon as the city already inoculated around 80 percent of its eligible population.
“It is now time to shift our attention to minors because they are also vulnerable to the virus. Moreover, they comprise about 30% of the city’s approximately 3.1 million population and it is impossible to reach herd immunity or 80% of total population without including them,” Belmonte said in the same statement.
As of September 15, the city said it has administered 1,750,537 first doses or 102.97 % of its target population. Fully vaccinated individuals stood at 1,232,681 or 72.51 % of the target population.
Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that as of September 14, the city has recorded a total of 13,441 cases of COVID-19 among children aged 0 to 17.