DOH: Around 736K children aged 5-11 years old now vaccinated

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MANILA – A health official on Tuesday reported that a total of 736,880 children aged 5 to 11 years old have been vaccinated against Covid-19 since the pediatric vaccination began on February 7.

“Inaasahan po natin na tataas pa ito sa darating na mga linggo kaya po ang lahat ng mga magulang at legal guardian ay amin pong hinihikayat na magparehistro na para sa kanila pong mga anak para sa karagdagang proteksiyon para sa lalong madaling panahon (We expect the numbers to rise in the coming weeks so we encourage parents and legal guardians to register their children for additional protection immediately),” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an online media forum.

Meanwhile, around 9.5 million adolescents have received a complete vaccination against Covid-19.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), almost 10 million Filipinos have so far received their booster shots.

It guaranteed the public that all vaccines given as booster doses are of high quality and can provide additional protection against hospitalization or even death caused by Covid-19.

“Those who were vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Gamaleya Sputnik V and light, Moderna and Pfizer, Sinopharm and Sinovac can now receive their booster shots after three months and two months if you were vaccinated with Jansen,” Vergeire said.

She further said that the fully vaccinated can acquire a different brand of Covid-19 as booster shot from their primary doses.

She also reminded the public that adults who are 18 years old and above are eligible to receive their booster shots while children aged 5 to 11 years old may receive their primary series of Covid-19 jabs.

63 million completely vaccinated

The DOH confirmed that as the Resbakuna Program marked its first year anniversary, the fully vaccinated Filipinos against Covid-19 reached 63 million.

In its first phase, the program prioritized vaccinating the sectors who are at high risk of Covid-19 infection- the medical frontliners, senior citizens, and people with comorbidities.

According to the latest data from the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), 93 percent of healthcare workers, 62.82 percent of senior citizens, and 92 percent of people with comorbidities have been fully vaccinated.

“Coming from a peak in the number of cases in January, we now observe a decline as we realize a wider and extensive national vaccination coverage in addition to minimum public health standards. This provides a clearer picture of what the World Health Organization (WHO) had previously envisioned in countries with high vaccination rates, as transmissions of the virus do not automatically lead to pressuring the health system and its capacity,” the DOH said in a news release on Tuesday.

“We are confident that we will be able to reach our target population as we make the vaccination coverage wider and more accessible for everyone,” National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) Chair and Undersecretary of Health of the Field Implementation and Coordination Team (NCR and Luzon) Myrna C. Cabotaje said with the ongoing efforts of the national government.

The DOH keeps working to protect the public through initiatives such as the National Vaccination Days, Resbakuna sa Botika, and vaccination in pharmacies, primary care and occupational health clinics, as well as air, sea, and transportation terminals for the elderly and vulnerable populations.

With the easing of restrictions, the DOH reminded the public to recognize the importance of staying protected through vaccination and adherence to minimum health standard standards as Metro Manila and 38 areas were placed under Alert Level 1.

“As the country marks the milestones of the Resbakuna program, I would like to sincerely thank the over 63 million Filipinos who have believed and trusted in our Covid-19 vaccines. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, and development partners who took part in making all these possible. To our friends in the private sector, volunteers, and the media, the DOH truly appreciates the magnanimous efforts you have put in to make the program all the more successful. All of these further prove that vaccines and booster shots are still our best long-term solution in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said. 

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.