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Vaccine Expert: Policy On Minors Needs Review

Vaccine Expert: Policy On Minors Needs Review
Children enjoy a night stroll at the Roces Circle in Quezon City on Nov. 23, 2021. Minors are allowed to do outdoor and indoor activities provided they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults as COVID-19 regulations were relaxed amid the low number of cases. Photo by Miguel de Guzman, The Philippine STAR

A member of the Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) is recommending a review of the policy allowing minors to go out amid the threat posed by the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

In an interview with One News’ “The Chiefs” on Monday night, Nov. 29, VEP member Dr. Rontgene Solante said the government should take another look at the policy because a majority of the minors are not yet inoculated against COVID.

Solante said there are doctors who have expressed concern over the safety and welfare of the minors.

“I think we have to review just to make sure. Many of them are not yet vaccinated,” he said.

The government allowed minors to go out provided they are accompanied by vaccinated adults as it eased COVID-related restrictions.

Solante also said he does not recommend having face-to-face classes at this point. In November, public schools reopened in-person classes for a pilot study amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, COVID-19 pediatric vaccination covers only adolescents aged 12 to 17 years.