SPMC inoculates more than 500 kids with comorbidities

DAVAO CITY – As the vaccination for minors aged 12 to 17 years old with comorbidities kicked off on October 29, an official from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) reported Friday that more than 500 kids already received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Scheduled every Thursday and Friday of the week, Dr. Ricardo Audan, the medical enter chief of SPMC said around 236 minors were already inoculated in the center since November 5.

“Our pediatric vaccination rollout is very successful and no adverse events following immunization were recorded,” Audan said.

He also emphasized the willingness and eagerness of the children to be vaccinated as conveyed by the parents during the brief counseling sessions prior to inoculation.

“It is good to know that their children do not have hesitancy and resistance to the vaccination. I also salute the parents who took time to make their kids understand the importance of getting inoculated,” Audan said.

Meanwhile, he also announced that they will commence the inoculation of minors aged 12 to 17 who do not have comorbidities starting next week.

“We will just finish the children of our employees with comorbidities and we will start the rollout for the healthy individuals next week,” Audan said.

He pointed that they will not allow walk-in clients to avoid congestion and they will accept those referred by private entities and from the government agencies.

“The most we can do is 500 to 600 clients per day,” Audan said. (NW)