DOH, PMA to hold 'catch up immunization' for kids from May 30 to June 10

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) said the Department of Health (DOH) will hold a massive vaccination campaign for children who missed their shots against diseases like measles and mumps at the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

"Yung dapat bakunahan dito, yung mga 0-5 (years old) na namissed nila yung bakuna gawa nga ng Covid. 'Yung mga bagong anak (na) hindi nabigyan ng bakuna during Covid ay 2-3 years old na yan. Kaya dapat silang mabakunahan," PMA President Dr. Benito Atienza said in a public briefing on Friday.

[Children who are 0-5 years old who failed to get their vaccines because of the pandemic will be given their shots. Newborn babies in 2020 are now 2-3 years old so they need to be immunized.]

This 'catch-up immunization' will be set in the National Capital Region from May 30 to June 10, Atienza said.

"Nagsstart na ring mag-ulanan. Dapat ay magpabakuna nung ibang bakuna, hindi lamang sa Covid. Kasi dumarami na ang cases ng mga nagda-diarrhea, kailangan nang bigyan ng Rotavirus. Marami na rin yung nagkakameasles at mumps, rubella kaya dapat mabigyan sila ng MMR (vaccine)," he said.

[The rainy season has started. (Children) should be vaccinated not only against Covid-19. There are increases in cases of diarrhea so Rotavirus should be given. There are also cases of measles, mumps, and rubella so MMR vaccine should be given.]

Five out of ten children were not vaccinated during the pandemic, Atienza stressed.