IMMUNIZATION is something in the campaign against measles and other dreaded and highly-communicable diseases that should not be ignored by government authorities.
Aware of this, the Department of Health (DoH) has urged the implementation of a “no immunization, no enrollment” policy in public schools throughout the Philippines.
However, various quarters, including parents, said the government, through the Department of Education (DepEd), would do well to study further the proposed policy.
Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones said as much as there’s a growing need to reinvigorate the drive for the importance of vaccination, the policy must take into consideration the human rights of learners.
And Briones assured the public that the department is looking into other ways to regain the confidence of parents and guardians in the national government’s immunization program.
Note that many parents are reluctant to have their kids vaccinated due to the controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, which was given to students under the school-based immunization program.
When she was President, now House Speaker Gloria M. Macapagal-Arroyo issued an executive order requiring the immunization of children before they enter pre-school and elementary.
However, the said executive order does not provide for sanctions for failing to comply.
In the view of many, it’s time to discuss the pluses and minuses of adopting the “no immunization, no enrollment” policy in public schools.
The proposed policy is something that merits serious consideration because of the measles outbreak in various parts of the country, including the Metropolitan Manila area.