DOH issues guidelines for Sinovac use for ages 6-17

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18)— Minors aged 6 to 17 can now get the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

In a media briefing, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the agency has approved the use of the China-made shot as an alternative for mRNA vaccines, citing a recommendation from the Health Technology Assessment Council.

The Food and Drug Administration first granted Sinovac emergency use authorization for kids back in March.

The department also recently issued the guidelines for the vaccine rollout.

"Ang mga tagubilin hinggil sa pag-apruba nito ay na-issue na natin kahapon through a department memorandum at maaari na po itong umpisahan ang implementasyon," Vergeire said.

[Translation: The instructions on its approval were issued yesterday through a department memorandum and the implementation can now be started.]

According to Memorandum No. 2022-0455, the Sinovac vaccine shall be administered in two doses, with the second dose given four weeks after the first shot.

Latest government data showed that over 73.4 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of this number, 10 million are adolescents, while almost 5.2 million are children.