DOH hopes more elderlies will get vaccinated vs COVID-19 after rollout of pediatric vaccination

Published October 28, 2021, 3:09 PM

by Analou de Vera

A senior citizen in Muntinluap poses with the sign “we got fully vaccinated” after getting the single shot johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (MunCoVac)

The Department of Health (DOH) expressed hope that more senior citizens will be encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the government rolled out the vaccination program for children aged 12 to 17.

“We are hoping that with children vaccination, maiincrease ang pagbabakuna nung ating mga A2 (the vaccination for the A2 priority group will also increase),” said DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“Kasi initially, may mga feeling itong mga lola, ‘huwag na kami, yung mga anak nalang namin.’ Now that children are already okay, baka maenganyo din na magpabakuna ang mga lola at lolo (Initially, the senior citizens have this notion of, ‘don’t mind us, let our children have it.’ Now that children are already okay, maybe our grandparents will also be encouraged to get vaccinated),” she added.

As of Oct. 27, Cabotaje said that a total of 3,789,517 senior citizens were able to receive their first dose, while 4,640,338 were already fully vaccinated. Based on the DOH data, there are about 8.2 million senior citizens in the Philippines.

Last July, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged the Philippines to prioritize the vaccination among senior citizens to protect them against the severe form of COVID-19.