32 vax sites jabbed nearly 10K kids on first day

RESBAKUNA KIDS. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III administers the Covid-19 vaccination to a girl belonging to the 5-11 age group on Monday (Feb. 7, 2022) during the Resbakuna Kids at the Manila Zoo. Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said about 15,000 children 5 to 11 have been pre-registered at the manilacovid19vaccine.ph. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

Some 9,784 children aged 5 to 11 years old have reportedly been vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday, the first day of the Department of Health’s (DOH) “Resbakuna Kids” program.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the kids were  vaccinated across 32 vaccination sites which have since then been expanded to vaccinate more from the age group.

“There are now 43 sites where we are rolling out pediatric vaccination and so we expect to inoculate more in the coming days,” Vergeire said on Tuesday.

Vergerie said of all the children inoculated on Monday, only one child reported a “mild” or “non-serious” reaction following the inoculation. She also noted that among the 9.2 million Pinoy kids aged 12 to 17 who have already been vaccinated, only 0.3 percent showed mild reactions with no recorded deaths caused by the vaccine.

Globally, of the 8.7 million children aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated, she said 97.5 percent did not show reactions to the vaccine, 2.4 percent had mild reactions, while only 0.00013 percent experienced myocarditis or pericarditis.

To date, she said the number of children aged 5 to 11 who have been registered for “Resbakuna Kids” has reached 500,000 within the four pilot regions of the program since Monday.

The program aims to vaccinate a total of 15,564,305 children within the age bracket.