Kids may have a “possible” chance to go out of their homes by Christmas if the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country changes for the better, according to the Department of Health (DOH). 

This decision will be based on the Covid-19 status in the country along with the plan to vaccinate minors. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire shared during a virtual presser that health experts and members of the pandemic task force will convene to discuss the issue. 

“Looking at the case data right now, kung mauumpisahan ang pagbabakuna sa mga kabataan na may comorbidities, kung matutuloy at mag-stabilize ang supply, may posibilidad,” she said.

Earlier, the Health Department said minors aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities in Metro Manila will be allowed to receive the Covid-19 vaccines starting Oct. 15.

These are the following illnesses to be prioritized by the DOH:

  1. Medical Complexity
  2. Genetic conditions
  3. Neurologic conditions
  4. Metabolic/endocrine conditions
  5. Cardiovascular disease
  6. Obesity
  7. HIV infection
  8. Tuberculosis
  9. Chronic respiratory disease
  10. Renal disorders
  11. Hepatobiliary

Both the minor and the parent should give consent and present a medical certificate to show the comorbidity.

Initially, the government has been planning to launch a vaccination drive for minors in hospitals which, after two weeks, they intend to expand outside Metro Manila . Ronald Espartinez