QC to open 37,000 online slots for one-day vaccination campaign on September 23 – UNTV News
The Quezon City government said on Wednesday it was now preparing to register and vaccinate the younger population against COVID-19.
In a press release, the city government said it plans to vaccinate around 267,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 when it begins rolling out the underage vaccination.
The local government said its QC Vax to Normal working group is currently working with public and private schools to determine the number of currently enrolled students aged 12 to 17.
“We are working closely with our private and public schools because the strategy now is to set up sites on their campuses and school grounds,” said Joseph Juico, co-chair of the QC Vax to Normal working group.
Regarding out-of-school youth, homeschooled students and students enrolled out of town, Juico said the task force is coordinating with barangay officials for proper enlistment.
The online reservation system developed by the city will also be activated to schedule their vaccination once vaccines for children are available.
This data will then be used as a basis for the allocation and registration of this age group for vaccines, he added.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the underage vaccination could be implemented soon, as the city has already vaccinated around 80% of its eligible population.
“Now is the time to turn our attention to minors as they are also vulnerable to the virus. In addition, they represent around 30% of the approximately 3.1 million inhabitants of the city and it is impossible to achieve collective immunity or 80% of the total population without including them, ”Belmonte said in the same statement. .
As of September 15, the city said it had administered 1,750,537 first doses, or 102.97% of its target population. Fully vaccinated individuals represented 1,232,681, or 72.51% of the target population.
Data from the Municipal Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that as of September 14, the city had recorded a total of 13,441 cases of COVID-19 in children aged 0 to 17.