DOH urges parents to have kids vaccinated amid pandemic

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga -- Department of Health (DOH) is urging parents to have their children vaccinated amid rising challenges the country is facing due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“DOH strongly encourages every parent and caregiver to continue bringing their children ages 0 to 12 months and those with missed doses of vaccinations to the nearest health center for routine immunization services while following the national and local guidelines on COVID-19 preventive measures,” DOH Regional Director Cesar Cassion stressed in a statement.

Cassion cited the recent polio outbreak in Nueva Ecija highlighted the value of immunization in saving lives and protecting communities through herd immunity.

“Outbreaks of Vaccine Preventable Diseases may further hamper communities and the health sector already battling the impacts of COVID-19, resulting in indirect morbidities and mortalities. Vaccine Preventable Diseases, particularly, measles, polio, rubella, and diphtheria remain a constant threat if low coverage of routine immunizations remain,” Cassion added.

In line with the World Immunization Week, celebrated from April 24 to 30, DOH is calling on the local government officials to initiate modified strategies in the delivery of essential health services with proper infection control measures. 

“Vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease and its transmission. However, sustained synchronized efforts of all stakeholders are needed to guarantee every child is vaccinated; DOH cannot do it alone,” Cassion  said.