First batch of COVID-19 vax for children aged 5-11 arriving on Jan. 31 – Galvez

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Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. confirmed on Friday that the first batch of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines intended for children aged 5 to 11 will be arriving at the end of the month. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. confirmed on Friday that the first batch of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines intended for children aged 5 to 11 will be arriving at the end of the month.

Around 1.2 million vaccines in total will arrive on Jan. 31, of which 780,000 will be allocated to children, the secretary said.

“[A]ng ating programa sa national vaccination, nakita natin we started slow dahil kasi nagkaroon ng problema sa ating global supply,” he noted while overseeing the second day of the Resbakuna Sa Botika program in Makati City.

[Translation: Our national vaccination started slow because we had a problem with the global supply.]

Galvez mentioned that the support of both private sector and local government units played crucial roles in the procurement of the vaccines.

“We were able to procure more than enough for our healthcare workers, for our seniors, for our people, and even for our children,” he emphasized.

The official told reporters that the plan is to start vaccinating kids on the first week of February.

He also announced that the second batch of vaccines — around 1.6 million — will arrive on Feb. 7.

The secretary reiterated that Pfizer is the only vaccine brand given emergency use authorization for pediatric use.

The government aims to immunize about 14.7 million children belonging to the 5 to 11 age group.