Laoag City starts vaccinating minors vs COVID-19
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte—The capital city of Laoag on Monday (Nov. 22) started the COVID-19 inoculation drive among minors who are 12 to 17 years old, the city government announced.
At least 300 children belonging to the age group and have comorbidities are targeted for the pilot implementation of the pediatric vaccination.
Minors were earlier asked to register with their village captains as the city would be implementing a “no walk-in” policy at its vaccination sites.
The city government had recently announced that 70 percent or 51,897 of its target eligible population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 41,952 individuals had been fully vaccinated.
Last week, the city had allowed a walk-in policy for the general adult population at its mega vaccination center at the Divine Word College of Laoag to propel its vaccination drive.
Ilocos Norte rolled out its adolescent vaccination drive on Oct. 29 at the state-run Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital in Batac City. The hospital intended to inoculate 200 minors a day.
Latest data from the hospital showed that at least 3,549 teens had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital.
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