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801 minors aged 12 to 17 get COVID-19 boosters

July 02, 2022 - Saturday 8:07 PM by GDM

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Some 800 adolescents aged 12 to 17 have gotten boosters, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday. 

In a message to reporters, the DOH said that 801 immunocompromised adolescents have been given boosters as of June 29. 

The government began the administration of boosters to immunocompromised adolescents last month. 

Around 283,000 adolescents with weakened immune systems are eligible for boosters. 

“The roll-out of the first booster/third dose for all adolescents ages 12 to 17 may proceed as soon as the Local Vaccination Operations Centers (LVOCs), implementing units, and vaccination sites/teams are ready,” the DOH said. 

The government earlier postponed the administration of boosters to healthy adolescents. 

Providing minors with additional protection is critical as the government allows more children to return to school

More than 9.5 million adolescents have completed vaccination against COVID-19, latest government data showed.

Booster uptake in the country remains low, with only 15 million people receiving additional shots. 

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