Philippines – It’s an important reminder for Sen. Bong Go as he encouraged parents to get their eligible children inoculated against COVID-19 as the government set the pilot vaccination of those aged five to 11 today. The start of the vaccination program for young children was moved to today from Feb. 4 due to logistical challenges, according to health authorities.
In view of this, Even if the vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory and people cannot be forced (to get vaccinated), we still encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to get the jabs for us to avoid getting seriously ill or die. Along with this, Go, who chairs the Senate health committee.
Vaccinating children is an important part of the national immunization program, as it provides them with the extra protection they need against the virus, according to the senator. He then reassured parents that the vaccines are effective and safe, and are the best weapon available to safeguard themselves and their families against COVID-19.
The government had already chosen six locations in Metro Manila where reformulated COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to the qualified younger population: the Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital and SM North EDSA (Sky Dome) in Quezon City; Manila Zoo in Manila City; and Filoil Arena in San Juan City.
The government aims to vaccinate over 39.4 million children between zero and 17 years old. As of Feb. 4, the country had administered a total of 128,473,507 vaccines. Around 59.80 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated while 60.65 million individuals have received their first dose.
Meanwhile, 8,012,011 booster shots have been administered. The country has received a total of 217,778,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Go also urged public and private sector partners to come up with innovative ways to encourage more eligible people to get their doses.
Morever, The vaccine is critical to us returning to normalcy and overcoming this pandemic as quickly as possible. This is what he shared as he is reiterating the importance of protecting children and the elderly by getting vaccinated when the opportunity arises.