DOH: Over 52,000 children aged 5-11 received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

DOH: Over 52,000 children aged 5-11 received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Five thousand, two hundred and sixty-two children took the jab for their first COVID-19 vaccines since the government initiated its COVID-19 immunization program for children aged 5 to 11, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday, February 11, 2022.  

Only four children out of 52,000 who got vaccinated experienced mild reactions to the vaccine that included pain in the injection site, rashes, a minor increase in blood pressure, fever, and vomiting. 

“Ang mga naranasang reaction ay bahagya rin pong nawala (The side effects slowly disappeared),” Vergeire added in a press briefing. 

The health official also assured parents that healthcare workers deployed in vaccination sites are ready to attend any Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) that may be experienced by children.

Over 8.7 million children have already been vaccinated worldwide, with zero deaths due to vaccines, 0.00013 percent serious adverse events, 2.4 percent with mild side effects all of whom have recovered, and 97.6 percent with no side effects.

The Philippines follows the lead of several countries such as the United States and Singapore, which offer additional protection to children aged 5 to 11 years old from COVID-19.

The DOH reminds Filipinos that immunization is not mandatory and that consent is required. All government-provided COVID-19 vaccines are guaranteed to be safe, efficacious, and of high quality, as evidenced by scientific studies and data. 

The DOH goes on to say that getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 is still the best way to prevent hospitalization due to severe and serious symptoms.

LGUs and parents are encouraged to ramp up and continue pre-registering their children to ensure many kids get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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