Duterte urges LGUs: Restrict unvaccinated children in public areas.
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged local government units (LGUs) to draft local ordinances prohibiting unvaccinated minors from roaming the streets.
“I’m urging all local government units to consider enacting legislation imposing age limitations on kids who are permitted to visit malls,” Duterte said in a prerecorded Talk to the People broadcast late Monday night.
Children, especially those who have not yet been immunized against coronavirus illness (Covid-19), will continue to be at risk, according to Duterte.
“They cannot, without a doubt, expose youngsters under the age of 12 and those who have not yet been vaccinated to the risks of Covid-19 in public areas,” he continued.
Duterte also urged parents to keep their children away from the virus, citing a report that a two-year-old youngster tested positive for Covid-19 three days after visiting a mall.
“After spending so much time inside your home due to lockdowns, I know you’re eager to take your kids on a walk, but keep in mind that they’re still young and unvaccinated. They have no resistance mechanism against Covid-19 in their system “he stated
Parents and guardians of unvaccinated adolescents should be “aware of these risks,” according to Duterte.
He claimed that the government is simply concerned with the “protection” of children and ensuring that “no Filipino youngster should be contaminated with Covid-19.”
“Remember, even if we are able to manage the virus, it is still present and poses a threat to our people and country.” Ang mask, hugas, iwas, ipagpatuloy natin. Continue to use the face mask, wash your hands, and maintain physical distance. Vaccines are still the most effective protection). “I hope that everyone would follow this advice to keep themselves safe from harm,” he stated.
Inoculation of teenagers aged 12 to 17 years old is occurring in the country.
The government and health authorities are already completing the necessary assessments and safety standards to begin vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years old, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in these age groups as an emergency measure.