Cavite vax A vaccinator in Tinkerbell costume administers the COVID-19 vax during the kick-off of vaccination for ages 5 to 11 at Carmona Community Center in Bgy. Cabilang Baybay, Carmona, Cavite last Feb. 22, 2022. Photo courtesy of DOH Calabarzon

Carmona opens fun-filled vaccination for ages 5-11

February 23, 2022 Dennis Abrina 688 views

CARMONA, Cavite – The Department of Health (DOH) Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) in collaboration with the local government unit (LGU) here kicks off the pediatric COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years old, Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Assistant Regional Director Leda M. Hernandez together with Dr. Nelson Soriano, Cavite Provincial Health Officer, Cavite 5th District Representative Dr. Dahlia Loyola, Dr. Homer Aguinaldo, Municipal Health Officer (MHO), and other health and local officials led the vaccination to 300 pre-registered children of the said age group in Carmona Community Center in Bgy. Cabilang Baybay.

“We are extending our heartfelt gratitude to the parents for having their children vaccinated against COVID-19. More and more children belonging to the 5-11 age group are now receiving the initial dose of vaccine for their protection against the virus. Kaya po patuloy ang aming panawagan sa mga magulang na, tara na, isama si chikiting na magpa-ResBakuna para protektado ang buong pamilya,” Assistant Regional Director Hernandez said.

She also lauded the preparation of Carmona LGU in partnership with McDonald’s, Max’s Restaurant, Kiwanis Club of Carmona, and other partners for the tokens, surprises for the recipients and their parents.

The vaccination site for children was turned into a “fantasy land” where members of the vaccination teams clad in their fairytale costumes with the support of the Carmona LGU.

“We are applauding the innovative and colorful ways of Carmona and other LGUs in cooperation and support of the private stakeholders in the implementation of pediatric COVID-19 vaccination. It helps a lot to turn this inoculation activity into a fun-filled vaccination experience which the children and the parents will never forget, it creates an atmosphere of ease to the recipients,” Hernandez added.

A dental booth has also been put in place at the vaccination site, coinciding with the celebration of National Oral Health Month to remind the children about the importance of oral hygiene at an early age.

The municipality of Carmona has a projected population of 14,719 that belongs to the 5 to 11 age group and is the target for inoculation.

To speed up the pediatric COVID-19 vaccination, the said municipality will also accept walk-ins aside from those who pre-registered.

Based on the latest report from Regional Vaccine Operations Center (RVOC), as of February 20, 2022, Calabarzon already vaccinated a total of 52,410 children from 5 to 11 rest of the pediatric population (ROPP) while 1,576 children of the said age group with comorbidities already received their first dose.

Cavite province leads the numbers of 684 vaccinated kids with comorbidities, 24,776 kids of ROPP since it was rolled out last February 8, 2022 at Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bgy. Habay 2, Bacoor City.

Second is Rizal province with 501 kids (PA3), 12,884 ROPP, 3rd is Laguna with 157 PA3, 7,773 ROPP; Batangas on 4th with 128 PA3 and 5,498 ROPP and Quezon province with 106 PA3 and 783 ROPP.

In 23 cities and municipalities in Cavite, only the town of Maragondon is set to launch on February 24 and Rosario town on February 28 has not yet started inoculation in the province.