The Department of Health on Tuesday assures public that the country has enough supply of vaccines for immunization of children.
“Even before the pandemic started, meron na tayong nai-procure na na mga bakuna para dito sa ating expanded program on immunization. Iyon ang ating ginagamit sa ngayon,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a media briefing.
[Even before the pandemic started, we already procured vaccines for our expanded program on immunization. That’s what we are using now.]
Vergeire said lockdwon restrictions due to the threat of COVID-19 made it more challenging for them to offer essential health services to those in need.
“Maraming mga nanay, natatakot silang pumunta sa health centers para magpabakuna ng kanilang anak (because of the spread of COVID-19),” she said. “Nung naka-lockdown tayo, talagang hindi makakalusot yung ating mga nanay para dalhin yung mga bata sa health center.”
[Many mothers were scared to go to health centers to have their children vaccinated. When we were on lockdown, the mothers are really not able to cross borders to bring their children to the health center.]
Although the country has enough vaccine for now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) will help the government procure vaccines at a lower cost in case in runs out of supply.