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Sarangani targets to inoculate 91,000 kids against Covid-19

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 22, 2022) – The local government of Sarangani through its Provincial Health Office (PHO) has officially launched the vaccination against Covid-19 for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

During the last day of the simultaneous national inoculation for the pediatric group on February 18, some PHO staff welcomed the kids at a party-themed venue at the Capitol gym.

Maria Razel Bustria, national immunization program (NIP) provincial coordinator, said the rollout is in line with the national government’s advisory to start the inoculation among the youngest age group.

According to Bustria, the province targets to vaccinate a total of 91,247 kids or 22% of the total population of the province.

From among the said targets, 17,525 are from Glan; 12,795 are from Malapatan; 14,012 in Alabel; 18,002 in Malungon; 7,663 in Maitum; 10,336 in Kiamba; and 10,914 in Maasim. Bustria disclosed “hindi pa po kasali diyan yung ating mga out of school youth at the same time yung mga daycare pupils na nasa ating mga barangay under the ECCD program ng ating DSWD.”

“But we have already coordinated this one para mabigyan nila tayo ng data nito,” Bustria said.

As mandated by the Department of Health (DOH), only Pfizer vaccines will be used for the inoculation among the pediatric group.

The vaccination was also part of the preparation for the soft opening of some identified schools in the province for the limited face-to-face classes.

“Isa po ito sa mga requirements ng ating partners from DepEd at ng DOH na dapat 100% talaga doon sa mga pupils na a-attend ang kinakailangang bakunado to make the limited face-to-face classes possible,” said Bustria.

After conducting some assessment and simulation activities, six schools were identified fit for the conduct of the limited face-to-face classes.

These are Pag-asa Integrated School in Alabel, James L. Chiongbian National High School in Kiamba, Colon National High School in Maasim, Maguling National High School in Maitum, Lamlifew IP School in Malungon and Daan Suyan Integrated School in Malapatan. On February 21, the limited face-to-face classes in the province have started and were attended by 60 selected senior high school students.

Bustria said that the vaccination among the youngest age group is one of the government’s steps and initiatives “to help those students na hindi na nakaka-interact sa kanilang teachers and classmates, and hindered na ang learning development at para masiguro ang kanilang proteksyon against Covid-19.” (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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