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DOH ensures sufficient vaccine supply to protect Western Visayas students

As it continues to closely work with school administrators to encourage kids to acquire the primary series and booster doses in preparation for the full face-to-face sessions in November, the Department of Health in Western Visayas (DOH-6) has ensured an adequate supply of Covid-19 vaccinations.

Data from the Department of Education Western Visayas (DepEd-6) revealed that as of June 27 this year, 404,645 of the region’s 2,102,865 documented students had received their first dosage of the vaccine, and 376,161 of them had received the full course of vaccination.

DOH WV Center for Health Development (DOH-6) OIC Assistant Regional Director Dr. Sophia Pulmones stated on Wednesday that the department continues to support vaccination, particularly for children between the ages of 5 and 11, in order to enhance the age group’s immunization coverage.

383,372 or 50.68 percent of the 756,418 targets for the 5 to 11 age group have received their first dosage, and 307,833 or 40.70 percent have received all three doses.

According to the DOH Regional Vaccination Operations Center report as of July 25, the 12- to 17-year-old age group has a high inoculation accomplishment reaching 126.42 percent for the first dose and 116.89 percent for fully immunized.

“There are no issues with the vaccine supply at this time. For both the primary and booster dose, we have enough vaccinations for our target demographic, according to Pulmones.

There are 129,728 doses of vaccines available for children aged 5 to 11, and 637,679 doses for children aged 12 to 17. Pfizer will be given to the students.

Students from the Western Visayas Campus of the Philippine Science High School participated in the “PinasLakas” immunization campaign’s start on Tuesday and urged other students to get their Covid-19 shots as well.

Reah Joy Repospolo, 17, an upcoming Grade 12 student, stated in an interview, “Let us get boosted, especially that the face-to-face sessions will already restart to ensure that you are protected as well as your colleagues in school.

The booster shot, according to 15-year-old incoming 10th grader Franchess Dianne Artillero, gives them additional protection.

She continued, “Hopefully they can already decide to get immunized since it is also for their own health and it can assist hasten the development of the country because we can all go out.”

Kaycee Pernito, 14, who is entering grade 8 said she took the booster dose to get ready for the in-person classes.

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