DOH to open vaccination sites in schools for children aged 5-11

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) — The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that it is coordinating with the Department of Education (DepEd) and local government units (LGUs) to facilitate the vaccination of children in private and public educational institutions.

Magkakaroon tayo ng school-based vaccination. Inaayos na lang ‘yung ating mga guidelines. Nakipag-usap, nakipag-coordinate na tayo sa mga taga-DepEd at mga LGU para tumulong ang DOH at LGU sa pagbabakuna sa mga schools na ito,” DOH Usec. Myrna Cabotaje said in a public briefing on Tuesday.

[We will have a school-based vaccination. We’re just laying out the guidelines. We have coordinated with the DepEd and LGUs for the conduct of vaccination in the schools.]

This comes after the approval of a resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Cabotaje said.

As stated in the resolution, the inoculation in schools will “provide opportunity for children to be vaccinated.”

However, the IATF said it must be done with consent of parents or guardians and approval from the learners themselves pursuant to DOH guidelines.