Almost 10,000 kids ages 5-11 jabbed against COVID: DOH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2022 11:02 AM | Updated as of Feb 08 2022 12:28 PM

Watch more News on iWantTFC

MANILA – Almost 10,000 children aged 5-11 were vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first day of the jabbing program for the said age group, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

“Maganda naman po ang naging lagay ng ating mga bakunahan sa ating mga kabataan, 5-11 years old kahapon,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told TeleRadyo. 

“Meron ho tayong 32 sites kung saan 9,784 na mga bata ang nabakunahan po natin kahapon,” she said.

(The vaccination of children 5 to 11 years old yesterday was good. We had 32 sites where 9,784 children were vaccinated.) 

The official also noted that only one child showed adverse reactions to the vaccine, but this was addressed at the vaccination center right away.

“Isa lang na reaction ang ating na-observe, ito po ay isang bata 11 years old, nagpantal po ang kanyang mga braso, minanage po doon sa vaccination site at nakauwi rin pagkatapos,” she explained.

(We observed only one reaction in an 11-year-old who had rashes on the arm. It was managed at the vaccination site and the child got home after.) 

Vergeire said these reactions are considered minor, and that vaccination sites are well-equipped to address these issues.

“These are expected and minor reactions, na ito naman, handa po ang ating sistema para i-manage yan. Hindi kailangang matakot ang ating mga magulang dahil dyan dahil iyan naman po ay agad-agad mawawala,” she said.

(Our system is ready to manage that. Our parents need not fear because this goes away immediately.) 

The official also noted that pediatricians and other local health officials are present at COVID-19 jabbing sites to ensure the welfare of children.

She also explained that parents are given a list of numbers they can call should their children experience adverse reactions to the vaccine after leaving the vaccination center.

“Meron ho tayong binibigay na mga numero, hotline numbers, kung sakaling pagkauwi, labasan na halimbawa ng mga pantal o ‘di kaya ay lagnatin, maaaring tumawag agad dito sa mga vaccination sites para maturuan sila kung anong gagawin,” she said.

(We give out hotline numbers in case they experience rashes or fever after going home, they can vaccination sites so they could be instructed on what to do.) 

Two shipments of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 will be delivered on Feb. 10 and 16, each with 780,000 doses. Two more deliveries of the same vaccine are expected for the rest of the month, said Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje. 

Asked how quickly the Philippines could vaccinate around 15 million children from this age group, she said, "Depende ‘yan sa darating na supply. There’s still shortage, hindi naman ganoon karami ang supply buong mundo." 

"We’re expecting na sana makumpleto iyong 15 million [doses] by first quarter or at least April tapos bibili rin tayo ng another 15 million para makumpleto po iyong 2 doses na kailangan ibigay sa mga bata," Cabotaje, head of the National Vaccination Operations Center, said in a public briiefing.

(That depends on the arrival of the supply. There's still shortage, the worldwide supply is not that high. We’re expecting to complete 15 million doses by the first quarter or at least April, then we will procure another 15 million to complete the 2 doses that children need.) 

--TeleRadyo, 8 February 2022