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Bongbong Marcos backs anti-COVID booster shot for school kids as full in-person classes loom

/ 06:19 PM July 05, 2022
In this picture, a medical worker chooses a syringe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. On Tuesday, President Bongbong Marcos encouraged children to have shots.

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker picks a syringe to use for the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool via REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Tuesday said his administration would ramp up the administration of an anti-coronavirus booster shot to children since the government plans 100 percent face-to-face classes this year.

Marcos Jr. made such pronouncement in a press briefing as he announced that Vice President Sara Duterte intends to impose full in-person classes by November.

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READ: Bongbong Marcos: VP Sara Duterte eyes 100% in-person classes by November

“So we will be encouraging that,” Marcos said of booster shots, “especially for younger people, because we have to be concerned with their return to school.”

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“That is the general policy, we will reinstate the vaccine drive so we can at least feel safer when the children go back to school,” he added.

The Department of Health also announced on Tuesday that minors aged 12 to 17 may now get their booster shot against COVID-19.

READ: DOH says minors 12 to 17 years old can now get anti-COVID booster shot

Currently, the government regulator only allowed the administration of the vaccine developed by Pfizer for the booster dose of 12- to 17-year-olds.

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