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Maasin City jabs 14 to 17-year-old kids

SOUTHERN LEYTE – Children and parents from some twenty-three villages of Maasin City woke up early morning and traveled to the city gym to get vaccinated for their first dose last Friday, November 19, 2021. The gym was practically filled up like in a concert. The health frontliners were likewise enthusiastic to accommodate the young children.
Some requirements need to be complied for the registration of children to be included in the vaccination schedule. These are school identification card, or a photocopy of birth certificate or PSA certification, and parent’s ID (photocopy). If the children cannot be accompanied by their parents, a guardian must provide a Special Power of Attorney with clear copy of the Identification Card.
The city expected to inject Pfizer vaccines to 1,170 children on its first day of vaccination. Fifty children were chosen from each selected barangay in Maasin City.
Maasin City Health Officer Francilisa Tan and a barangay health worker said that children with ages 14-17 are first prioritized to observe how they are responding to the jabs. The children ages 12 to 13’s vaccination schedule will later be announced.
Medical doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health workers were on hand to ensure the smooth implementation of the activity. Those who devoted their time were Dr. Francilisa Tan, Dr. Letecia Tan, Dr. April Gervie Macabuhay, Dr. Jocelyn Orito and many others to assure the children’s safety.
Many children are expected to participate in the vaccination program because this is one of the requirements for face-to-face classes, now being piloted by the Department of Education in selected schools.
One week ago, the provincial government kicked off its vaccination program for children at the Salvacion Oppus Yñiguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) with 131 children vaccinated.

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