DOH to launch routine vaccination days for infants

The Department of Health (DOH) is set to roll out the routine vaccination program for infants by the end of the month, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Tuesday.

In a media briefing, Vergeire said the launch of the “Chikiting Bakunation Days” is in line with the World Immunization Week on April 24 to 30.

“Siguraduhing makukumpleto ang limang bisita bago mag-birthday ang inyong mga anak upang masiguro ang kaligtasan ni baby at paraan ang Chikiting Bakunation para dito,” she said.

(Ensure that the five visits for the inoculation are completed before your children’s birthdays to make them safe. The Chikiting Bakunation is a way for this to happen.)

The shots that will be provided are the pentavalent vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and haemophilus influenzae type B; the oral polio vaccine (OPV); and the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) for the first and second visits of infants one and a half month to two and a half months old.

For the third visit of those three and a half months old, the pentavalent vaccine, the OPV, the PCV, and the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be administered.

The measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) will be given on the fourth and fifth visits of infants nine months to one year old.

Meanwhile, both the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis, and the hepatitis B vaccine are provided at birth of the child.

Vergeire said the Health department is targeting to vaccinate at least 80% of the remaining 1.1 million infants who missed their routine immunization in 2021.

The inoculation program will be held every last Thursday and Friday of April, May, and June.

COVID-19 vaccination

Further, Vergeire noted that the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the rest of Luzon recorded the highest coverage of fully vaccinated and boosted individuals against COVID-19.

The Region 12 and BARMM, on the other hand, still have the low vaccination coverage.

As of Monday, at least 66.7 million people have already completed their primary vaccine series, while 71.9 million received their initial dose.

There are also 1.3 million children and nine million adolescents who are fully vaccinated against the viral disease, she added.

The Philippines on Monday logged 273 new cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 3,681,646.

A total of 1,906 new COVID-19 cases were recorded from April 4 to April 10, 2022 which was 29% lower than the cases reported the previous week. — BM, GMA News

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