Gatchalian urges DOH to tap LGUs address Dengvaxia vaccine ‘scare’

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Governors, mayors and barangay captains must help the Department of Health (DoH) in addressing the fears of the public regarding the “side effects” of the Dengavaxia dengue vaccine.

Sen. Win Gatchalian made the remark as he urged the DoH “to do more to stay in control of the situation.”

“One immediate action point should be to tap LGUs (local government units) to engage the parents and restore a sense of calm,” Gatchalian said on Saturday.

The senator said LGUs “were designed to be the government’s front-liners against emergencies of this nature.”

“They need to be deployed efficiently to keep the Dengvaxia situation under control,” Gatchalian said.

He said the “developing Dengvaxia vaccine scare is causing widespread panic among the parents of the hundreds of thousands of students who have already been immunized.”

“For example, the City Government of Valenzuela is already mobilizing local (officials) to address the concerns of the (parents of) 15,538 children in the city who were vaccinated. This is helping Valenzuelano parents rest a little easier,” he added.