Minors will soon be eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Wednesday.

FDA chief Eric Domingo said the makers of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine applied for an amendment last week to include minors aged 12 to 15 in the emergency use authorization (EUA) of its shots.

“‘Pag dumating po ‘yong maraming in-order na mga Pfizer, maaari na po itong gamitin sa mga batang 12- to 15-year-old,” Domingo said in a televised address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Domingo added that the amendment was already approved by the US FDA.

At iyong atin pong mga experts ay in-evaluate. In fact, early this evening, I already got the recommendations of our experts and it’s very favorable. So within the week po, we will be issuing an amendment to the EUA of Pfizer,” he said.

Pfizer’s vaccine was the first to receive an EUA in the Philippines.

However, only 193,050 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to the Philippines.

The Pfizer vaccine was the second-most preferred vaccine brand of Filipinos, a recent Social Weather Stations survey showed.

About two million doses of the US-made vaccine are expected to arrive in June. John Ezekiel J. Hirro