ILOILO CITY – Department of Health (DOH) 6 medical specialist II Dr. Renilyn P. Reyes assured parents that vaccines being used in the on-going school-based immunization are safe and effective.
“We assure parents that the vaccines given by DOH is safe and effective because we don’t give vaccines that could endanger children,” she said.
The DOH, under its “Bakunang Tuloy-tuloy para sa Malusog na Batang Pinoy” program, is giving free Measles Rubella (MR) and Tetanus diphtheria (Td) vaccines to all public school children enrolled in Grade One and Grade Seven.
These will serve as booster shots for children who got the initial vaccination when they were still babies.
The month-long school-based immunization program started last August 3 and are given by immunization teams composed of doctors, nurses and midwives trained on immunization.
“Vaccines are one of the most monitored and studied things in medicines,” Reyes said.
The DOH targets to immunize a total of 189,496 grade one pupils and 148,248 grade seven students in Western Visayas this year.
Students are required to submit consent letters, signed by their parents, to be vaccinated.
Reyes said parents have been informed about the program and the requirement during the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings held for this purpose.
She, however, said that some high school students did not show the consent letters to their parents.
The provinces of Aklan, Antique and Guimaras have already submitted their respective reports regarding the school-based immunization.
Meanwhile, local government units (LGUs) in this region have set immunization schedules for September for children who could not avail of the free immunization this August.