The country’s general population or those who do not belong in any of the vaccination priority groups that were previously approved to be first in getting jabbed, will now have an opportunity to get vaccinated as well.
This is after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the vaccination of the general population and children 12-17 years old.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made this announcement in a press briefing today, September 28, 2021, where he also mentioned that because of a big supply of vaccines expected to be delivered in October, the President has decided that the vaccination program can now be expanded to the general population and children.
“Ito po’y inaprubahan ng Pangulo sang-ayon po sa advice ni Vaccine Czar [Secretary] Carlito Galvez, at magsisimula na rin po ang ating pagbabakuna ng ating mga kabataan,” said Secretary Roque.
On pediatric vaccination or the vaccination of children ages 12-17 years old, Secretary Roque said parents are encouraged to have their children listed first in preparation for their vaccination in October.
“Ang pinaghahandaan po natin yung masterlisting pa lang naman. Pag meron na po tayong masterlist antayin po natin ang anunsyo kung sino ang mauuna,” Sec Roque said.
The Palace official assured though that while the general population and children will be added to those who can get jabbed with a COVID-19 vaccine, those who belong to Priority Groups A1 to A3 will not lose their prioritization.
“Magkakaroon po tayo ng express lane para sa kanila. Pero ang importante lang, dahil nandyan na po ang supply, at ang naging problema naman natin dati ay kakulangan ng supply, ngayong maraming supply eh sisimulan na po natin ang bakunahan ng general population,” Roque said.
As previously reported in the Presidential Press Briefing, the country expects to receive some 27.2-million vaccine doses this month alone, including the delivery on September 29, 2021 of 391,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is part of the vaccine doses that were purchased by the national government.