“No family consent, no immunization”


Only patients with parental consent can take advantage of the government’s free immunization program by Department of Health. (DOH)

The Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that using the school-based platform, the DOH would continue to provide free vaccination to school-age children from kindergarten to grade 7.

After a fast health assessment and evaluation of their immunization status against measles, only learners with parental consent will be vaccinated.

However, the health secretary urged mothers and caregivers to take advantage of the free immunization facilities provided by the government to safeguard their kids from vaccine-preventable diseases.

According to Duque, the DOH is adopting school-based immunization as a strategy to reach older kids and adolescents.

The DOH hopes to immunize a total of 9,913,032 schoolchildren with the program.

During the launch of the program, 2,259 Grade 7 students were targeted for measles vaccination and booster shots of tetanus-diphtheria.The DOH is also targeting to immunize 58,037 Grades 1-7 pupils and students from Valenzuela City.

Of the number, 14,967 will be given booster shots of tetanus-diphtheria and 3,473 Grade 4 female pupils will be given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Duque said the school-based immunization program would continue until September.

Pleased by enhancing public sentiment over vaccines, Duque is counting on public trust as he led a measles vaccination program in Valenzuela.

Duque voiced concern that for the new college year, parents are now more confident of the advantages of early vaccination for their kids following the Dengvaxia vaccine scare blamed on the extensive publicity of Chief Prosecutor Persida Acosta in helping the families of kids who died of dengue diseases following vaccine administration.

Duque added that he would support the passage of a bill that would make immunization compulsory for learners before they join college, but admitted this must first go through government consultations.

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