Mayors of Metro Manila cities have greenlit the Covid-19 vaccine registration of adolescents, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said on Monday.

The mayors’ decision was made in anticipation of the resumption of face-to-face classes.

So far, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two Covid-19 vaccine brands for Filipinos aged 12 to 17: the US-made Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

However, the Department of Health (DOH) has yet to give the go signal to start the vaccination of minors against Covid-19.

“Until we hear from the DOH, hindi tayo puwede pang magbakuna. So, ang DOH ang magsasabi nito, siguro in consultation with the IATF kung papaano ito,” Abalos said in a Laging Handa briefing.

“Siguro they are considering now muna iyong pagbabakuna sa ating mga kapatid sa probinsiya bago mangyari ito considering the [supply of the] vaccines,” he added.

Metro Manila has fully vaccinated 7,025,358 or 71.86 percent of its residents against Covid-19. John Ezekiel J. Hirro