The second phase of the vaccination of minors in Metro Manila will begin on Oct. 22, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday.

In a Laging Handa briefing, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the government was aiming to inoculate 144,131 minors in its pediatric vaccination drive.

So far, the vaccination of minors in the Philippines is limited to Metro Manila, to those aged 15 to 17 with co-morbidities.

Malaya said parents of vaccinees should prepare a valid ID, a medical certificate confirming that their child has co-morbidities and a clearance form prior to their children’s vaccination.

The DILG exec also announced that more hospitals in Metro Manila would take on young vaccinees.

“Magdaragdag po ng 13 additional local hospitals doon sa mga ospital na nagsimula na sa national. Ito po ay magsisimula ngayong Friday hanggang October 31,” he said.

The National Task Force Against Covid-19 earlier floated the expansion of the pediatric vaccination to minors aged 12 to 14 and to those residing outside Metro Manila. John Ezekiel J. Hirro