DOH: Kids may be allowed to go out by December

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said there is a "possibility" that kids will be allowed to go out by Christmas if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, coupled with the planned vaccination of minors.

Health experts and members of the pandemic task force will discuss this matter, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual briefing.

"Looking at the case data right now, kung mauumpisahan ang pagbabakuna sa mga kabataan na may comorbidities, kung matutuloy at mag-stabilize ang supply, may posibilidad," she said.

[Translation: Looking at the case data right now... (and) if the plan to vaccinate young people with comorbidities pushes through, if supply continues and stabilizes, this is possible.]

The DOH earlier said minors aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities in Metro Manila will start receiving coronavirus shots starting Oct. 15.

Minors who have the following illnesses will be prioritized:

1. Medical Complexity

2. Genetic conditions

3. Neurologic conditions

4. Metabolic/endocrine conditions

5. Cardiovascular disease

6. Obesity

7. HIV infection

8. Tuberculosis

9. Chronic respiratory disease

10. Renal disorders

11. Hepatobiliary

The minor, as well as the parent or guardian, should provide consent and present a medical certificate as proof of the comorbidity.

READ: LIST: Guidelines for initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for minors

The government is initially targeting to launch the vaccination drive in hospitals. After the two-week run in the capital, officials plan to expand the coverage outside Metro Manila.

The decision will also bank on the COVID-19 situation, with some regions—including the NCR—seeing a downward trend in daily cases.

By Nov. 15, the DOH said it expects daily COVID-19 cases in NCR to drop to 1,100.