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Don’t skip a dose: QC parents urged to vaccinate kids

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The local government of Quezon City has urged parents to have their children vaccinated against infectious diseases despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte assured that the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) follow strict health protocols to prevent the risks of transmission of COVID-19 when conducting vaccination drives.

“We make sure that our city health workers follow the minimum health protocols and take extra precautions when giving vaccines. Hindi natin hahayaan na magkasakit ang ating vulnerable sector, as well as our frontliners, when doing our regular immunization drive,” Belmonte said.

According to QCHD head Dr. Esperanza Anita Arias, the city is facing various challenges due to the pandemic. From January to September 2020, the city has vaccinated 20,705 children which is only 38 percent of the target number of 54,413.

Babies should be already given one dose of Bacille Calmette-Guerin (vaccine to prevent latent Tuberculosis), three doses of Penta vaccine, three doses oral polio vaccine, and one dose inactivated polio vaccine by the time they are 12 months old. Hepatitis B vaccine is given at birth, and measles vaccine by the time they turn 9 months old and 12 months old.

Their parents and guardians must bring their children to the nearest health center to avail of the free vaccine.