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Campaigns for pedia and booster shots in Iloilo City

CITY OF ILOILO – Mayor Jerry P. Treas of Iloilo City has asked parents to have their children aged 5 to 11 years old vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and to get booster doses if they are eligible.

The city mayor stated in an interview on Tuesday that the city must gradually adjust to the new normal, noting that other countries are already preparing for the health pandemic to be endemic.

“However, we still need to encourage more parents to bring their children to get their children vaccinated and boosted.” Because our booster rate is low, we’re looking for new ways to improve it, including adding a drive-thru and expanding our health clinics. “Hopefully, by doing so, we will be able to persuade them to obtain booster doses and get their children vaccinated,” he said.

As of February 21, data from the Regional Operations Vaccination Center (RVOC) showed that 2,190 children aged 5 to 11 had received their first dose of the reformulated Pfizer vaccine, accounting for 3.54 percent of the 61,872 target population for the age group.

At least 2,492 children with comorbidities and 43,242 children in the general pediatric population aged 12 to 17 have received their second dosage.

In terms of a completely vaccinated population, Iloilo City has achieved a 121.80% success rate.

Iloilo City aims to vaccinate 61,872 children aged 5 to 11, 50,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17, and 525,000 other eligible people.

In the same interview, the mayor stated that the local government’s request to de-escalate its designation from Alert Level 3 to Level 2 appears to have no possibility of being approved.

Treas filed an appeal with the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on February 14 in hopes of lowering the city’s status due to a “remarkable decrease” in Covid-19 cases.

On Feb. 18, he issued Executive Order No. 016, putting the city on Alert Level 3 and lifting the curfew and prohibition on alcoholic beverages in public places, both of which are in effect until the end of the month.

“We understand the reality here; cases are declining, and we must enable the economy to expand,” he said.

While the local administration has allowed commercial activity to continue, Treas stressed the importance of maintaining minimal public health standards and health regulations.

As of Tuesday, the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) reported 990 active cases, 29, 431 recoveries, and 676 deaths in Iloilo City.

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