The Manila City government is ready to start vaccinating minors against the deadly COVID-19.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said on Thursday, October 21, that the city’s preparation was made to immediately inoculate minors age 12-17 years old in the nation’s capital.

“We have reserved an appropriate number of vaccines ready for deployment. Ide-deploy natin ito para agarang maproteksyunan ang mga Batang Maynila,” Domagoso said.

“Patuloy nating aakapin ang lahat ng gustong magpabakuna dito sa Maynila. Pandemic is a universal problem, we should continue to address this inclusively,” he added.

Domagoso assured the parents of the minors that ample medical care and protection will be provided by the city government.

“Para sa mga minamahal nating mga nanay at tatay, pumanatag kayo dahil kami po sa pamahalaang lungsod ay patuloy na bibilisan ang kilos para sa inyong mga anak,” Domagoso said.

“Pipilitin namin maging masinop, mainam, at episyenteng mga lingkod bayan sa lahat ng oras,” he added.

About 23,354 vaccines intended for the inoculation of the said priority groups are currently in the storage of the city government — 22,854 of which are Pfizer, while the remaining 500 are Moderna.

Data from the Manila Health Department showed that about 42,394 individuals have pre-registered at as of Wednesday, October 20.

The Manila City government will have its pilot vaccination drive for minors at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC) on Friday, October 22, at 8am.

OMMC hospital director Dr. Karl Laqui said that the hospital’s Infection Control Committee will spearhead the inoculation process as he noted that COVID-19 vaccination for minors has an equal importance with adults.

“In a pandemic, it is important that everybody should be given protection and one of those is thru vaccination. Regardless whether the patient is an adult or minor, they should all be vaccinated,” Dr. Laqui said.

“It has become imperative that minors also have to be vaccinated the soonest. Trust us, believe in us. We have nothing but the best intentions for you and your child. This is our commitment to make you all feel better,” he added.

At least 50 minors with co-morbidities or those belonging in the A3 priority group will receive their COVID-19 vaccine shot.