By: Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday conducted a simultaneous regionwide Pediatric A3 COVID- 19 Vaccination to mark the roll-out of the immunization activity for children aged 12-17 years old.
The vaccination activity was held in select hospitals on various provinces for the initial phase including General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martirez, Cavite, San Pablo City General Hospital in Laguna, Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City, RPHS- Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, Rizal and Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City.
“The reason for holding the immunization activity in health facilities is to manage possible serious adverse reactions to vaccines among children and facilitate easy referral of patients to other specialty hospital. Kailangang nating maging maingat sa pagpapatupad ng malawakang pagbabakuna sa mga bata upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang kalusugan,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“We will be monitoring these vaccinated children to detect adverse events following immunization to ensure their safety,” he assured.
According to the DOH guidelines for the Pediatric A3 COVID- 19 Vaccination, before a minor can receive his/her vaccine, (1) a minor must obtain consent from parent /guardian prior to vaccination; (2) he/she can choose between Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, the only vaccines with emergency use authorization for 12 to 17 years old issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (3) and a medical clearance by a physician if he/she has co-morbidities.
Parents of children covered in the Pediatric A3 Group are also reminded to first obtain a vaccination schedule with hospitals providing vaccination and bring the following on vaccination day – medical certificate detailing the child’s comorbidity, valid IDs of both the child and the parent or guardian, and any proof of filiation like the birth certificate.
Vaccine recipient must be accompanied by the parent or guardian at the vaccination site.
Children with co-morbidities including medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, tuberculosis, hepatobiliary diseases, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, renal disorders, immunocompromised state due to disease or treatment, metabolic/ endocrine disease, obesity, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, are also eligible for vaccination provided they present a medical certificate during the day of vaccination.
For Covid cases in CALABARZON, there are 534 new cases recorded on October 29, 2021 bringing the total cases to 383,387.There are currently 12,773 active cases with 359,041 individuals recovered and 11,573 who died for the virus. (mtvn)