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The executive of DOH-7 guarantees parents that their children aged 5 to 11 will receive a safer vaccine.

Vaccination for children aged five to eleven will be significantly safer, according to a health official, because pediatric medical professionals incorporated additional parameters, increasing the existing rules.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, head pathologist of the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas, said they had just finished a series of discussions with members of the Philippine Pediatric Society’s Cebu chapter on the revised recommendations.

“They’ve given us guidelines – a better version of the broad rules. In a news conference held by the Visayas Vaccine Operations Center (VVOC), Loreche said, “We are delighted because we truly praised and applauded our pediatricians who are very much actively involved in the vaccination program for the five to eleven.”

Loreche said the Central Visayas region is preparing for the deployment because vaccine doses for children aged five to eleven have yet to arrive.

The vaccine doses for this youngest age group eligible for inoculation are 10 micrograms at 0.2 milliliters of a reconstituted form or a differently formulated type of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine for the age group.

In the meanwhile, while the region awaits vaccine doses, Loreche urged local government entities and parents of children under the age of five to be prepared in case vaccination begins.

“One of the areas of worry is for children who have comorbidities. If they have a heart, lung, or renal problem, or if they have diabetes, or if they are undergoing cancer therapy, or if they have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or autoimmune illness. “These sick youngsters must be immunized in hospitals,” she explained.

Loreche explained that this age group with pre-existing medical issues must first obtain medical permission from their attending physician before receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

She explained that parental approval is only necessary for children aged five to seven years, while youngsters aged five to eleven years will be requested to “assent” to the inoculation in lieu of consent.

Consenting parents will be required to bring the birth certificate of their child slated for immunization, as well as proof of identity to prove their relationship to the child, she said.

Loreche said Region 7 areas are looking for a positive outcome after the successful distribution of vaccinations for children aged five to eleven in the National Capital Region.

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