Vaccination Rollout for 5-11 Years Old
VACCINATION ROLLOUT FOR 5-11 YO. Over 300 children are expected to be vaccinated against CoVID-19 during the launching of pediatric vaccination for 5-11 years old in the province today, February 16, at the Benguet State University gymnasium.
The launching is spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Benguet headed by Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas and the Municipal Government of La Trinidad headed by Mayor Romeo Salda together with the Department of Health-Cordillera, the Philippine Pediatric Society, the Benguet General Hospital, Cordillera Hospital of the Divine Grace and other partners.
Governor Diclas is encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated against the virus for their protection in preparation for the conduct of face-to-face classes.
As of December last year almost 300 basic education schools in the province have applied for the opening of their schools for limited face-to-face classes.
Governor Diclas said the education of the children should not be sacrificed and that the vaccination program is part of the government’s effort to bring back the old normal where children learn in schools.
The conduct of face-to-face classes is still a huge challenge for the government as the health of the learners are still the priority. Children are among the vulnerable group who are at risk for CoVID-19.
Governor Diclas reported that 1,227 or 4.4% of the total CoVID-19 cases as of February 15 in the province are aged 5-11 years. Of the number, two have died.
Meanwhile, based on the PHO’s report, the province targets to inoculate 60,754 children 5 to 11 years old.
The DOH and the LGUs continue to remind those who have not yet received a dose of the vaccine to have themselves inoculated for their protection. The agencies also keep reiterating that the vaccines are safe and effective