THE medical adviser of the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF) warned of a possible COVID-19 epidemic among kids while adult vaccination continues.
As more adults become vaccinated, the chances of COVID-19 moving to kids is growing. This was the warning of NTF medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa so he urged the fast-tracking of vaccination among the younger set.
Aside from vaccinating those in the 12-17 years old bracket, Herbosa is hoping that vaccination of the 5-11 age group will follow soon.
Herbosa said the experts saw that the next epidemic will possibly hit the unvaccinated individuals, including the young ones who have not been vaccinated yet.
He said if he were to be asked, he would suggest that children 11 years old and below be not allowed to go to malls if the purpose is only for leisure.
According to Herbosa, children can be brought outdoors as long as it is in open spaces where there are few people or when visiting relatives since they will interact with less people, unlike in malls, which are enclosed areas and many people are present.
As of now, he said around 92 percent of the target population in the National Capital Region are already fully vaccinated.
However, he said parents should remember that even if adults are already vaccinated, they can still be potential carriers of the virus, which they can pass on to children.
According to latest information from the Food and Drug Administration, vaccination for those aged 5-11 years old may start before the end of the year or by December.