The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization of the Moderna vaccine, making it available to adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old.
According to FDA Director-General Eric Domingo, “After a thorough evaluation by our vaccine experts and our regulatory experts in FDA, we approved this Friday the use under EUA of the Moderna vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 17.”
He also reminded that everyone should still take the necessary precautions when getting vaccinated, such as cases of myocarditis, or the inflammation of the muscle of the heart. Domingo said that myocarditis happens one in every million.
He added, “Definitely with the Delta variant affecting a lot of children, our experts saw the benefit of using the vaccine outweighs the risk.”
Health officials and experts, however, noted that the elderly and persons with comorbidities will still be prioritized because they are high-risk groups.
To date, 17.53% of the country’s population have received their first jab, while 12.51% have completed both doses.
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