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Vax sites for 5-11 kids eyed

THE city government is planning to set up vaccination hubs solely for children ages between five and 11 aside from the ones that are to be located in hospitals.

“Why we need a separate site solely for this age group, first, is for us to secure nga kanang walay mga mistakes og dosage kay iba man gud ang dosage nila ‘no. Although trained ang atoang mga vaccinators, we can’t be too lenient ana to avoid mistakes sa atoang paghatag og dose sa ilaha,” Dr. Michelle Schlosser, COVID-19 COVID-19 Task Force.

Schlosser pointed out that the hubs, which the city government hopes to operate a week after the start of the rollout, must be “non-threatening, friendly, and fun vaccination” because it is always difficult to convince children to get inoculated.

Under the guidelines for the rollout for the age group, parents need to give their consent so their children will be able to get their shots as Schlosser pointed out, children may not be able to understand the necessity for them to get vaccinated.

“Sa ilaha, ang ilahang kahadlok lang. We have to address the fear and anxiety sa mga bata more than their lack of education,” she said she is looking into making the hubs a play area.

Among the venues that are being considered are the Almendras Gym, the Vicente Hizon Elementary School, and the San Roque Elementary School.

Schlosser said the task force is also looking at inoculating at least a fourth of a million children in the city as the rollout starts on Monday. 

“Ubay-ubay na sya. We wanted to hit katong atong gina achieve nga herd immunity kay hapit na to ma 100 percent. Now we are looking into the total population na 1.8 million. Kung mabakunahan nato ning mga five to 11 years old, dakong chance na ma 100 percent nato ang total population,” she said.

Among the hospitals that have signified for the rollout of the program are the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH), the DMSF Hospital, and the Seamen’s Hospital, while two other hospitals have yet to confirm their inclusion.



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