Duque: PH to wait for other countries to vaccinate minors vs COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — The Philippines will not yet administer COVID-19 shots to minors, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has said, citing the need for more studies.

Despite the Food and Drug Administration's recent decision allowing the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on young people aged 12-15, Duque said the Duterte administration will wait for other countries to include minors in their inoculation drives to learn from their experience.

"I think prudence dictates that we wait, we give it more time as to what experiences of the other countries that have boldly introduced this vaccination program even to the pediatric age group," he said Wednesday during a hearing of the House of Representatives' Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.

The health chief added that the government has yet to craft the guidelines on pediatric vaccination. He also said the Philippine Pediatric Society will conduct its own study on the effects of these vaccines on children.

The DOH earlier said the vaccination of minors have to take a backseat for now as supply remains low.

The amended emergency use authorization posted on the FDA website on May 28 states the vaccines made by Pfizer can be used on young people 12 years old and above. The previous EUA only allowed its use for those aged 16 and up.

CNN Philippines correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.