SM Megamall now serves as COVID-19 vaccination center for minors

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Making vaccination day fun and conducive for kids. SM Megamall and the Mandaluyong City LGU has prepared well for this day: Life-sized statues of fictional characters that most kids recognize, snacks at the corner for when they get antsy, emergency teams on high alert, and dividers so they won’t be affected by their co-vaccinees loud crying are just some of the safety modifications they are implementing to make vaccination day extra fun and conducive for kids. Photo from SM Supermalls

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The country's largest mall developer SM Supermalls continues to provide assistance to the government's COVID-19 immunization efforts as it recently opened its pediatric vaccination site in Mandaluyong.

As the government expanded its vaccination drive to include minors aged 12 to 17, SM Supermalls teamed up with national and local authorities to launch the inoculation center at the SM Megamall Mega Trade Hall.

Out of the 17 vaccination sites, SM Megamall is the only mall that is part of the COVID-19 immunization program for minors.

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan said the group "remains committed to providing accessible and convenient vaccination areas to our communities and beyond."

"Now that the rollout of the inoculation of minors with preexisting conditions has started, we will continue to lend a helping hand to the government and give them the necessary support to boost the country's vaccination drive," Tan was quoted as saying in a statement.

An extra layer of protection. Minors with comorbidities aged 12-17 can now get vaccinated as Phase 2 of A3.1 category starts rolling out in 25 areas in Metro Manila, including SM Megamall. As kids with comorbidities are finally given the chance to get inoculated, parents and guardians were the most relieved seeing their children having the ultimate protection against COVID-19. Photo from SM Supermalls

The company also noted that around 120 children with comorbidities already secured their coronavirus shots at SM Megamall.

For now, the mall will initially cater to Mandaluyong residents. But Mayor Menchie Abalos said non-Mandaluyong residents who work in the city and have children with underlying conditions will soon be accommodated.

Keeping families safe and secure against COVID-19. Households that have kids with health risks in Mandaluyong City flock to the SM Megamall Pediatric Vaccination Center during the first day of the vaccination’s Phase 2 rollout. SM Megamall is the only mall venue that the DOH, IATF, NTF, and NVOC have approved of to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the A3.1 category. Photo from SM Supermalls

Parents and guardians can pre-register their children via the MandaVax site using their household code.

Officials earlier reminded parents to bring a medical certificate and clearance for vaccination.

The Department of Health and the pandemic response task force kicked off phase two of the pilot vaccination of minors in Metro Manila last Friday.

The national government targets to protect 144,000 minors with comorbidities this October.

Only the COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are approved for emergency use for minors in the country.