Valenzuela launches COVID-19 vaccination for minors with comorbidities

Published October 28, 2021, 2:15 PM

by Aaron Homer Dioquino

The Valenzuela City government on Wednesday, Oct. 27, launched its “VCVax Teen Edition,” inoculating around 50 minors with comorbidities against COVID-19.

“Valenzuela City has always been steadfast on the implementation of our VCVax Rollout Plan. Now, we supplement this effective program with VCVax Teen Edition to cover our Valenzuelano teens with the goal of providing a safe and secure Valenzuela City for our communities, including our children. Let me remind the parents and minors who got their vaccines already, this is not a free pass that you can now go out. Let us still practice health protocols and be mindful of the restrictions being imposed,” Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.

The vaccination was held at the Valenzuela City Astrodome, where the minors were accompanied by their parents/guardians.

According to the local government, children with comorbidities were identified through health profiling forms given in public and private schools, and were prioritized for scheduling.

Parents and guardians also answered consent forms that included their children’s history of illness.

The recipients presented medical certificates from their attending physician and the Department of Health(DOH), proof of their parents/guardians’ relation to them, and identification cards.

After a screening process, the minors were inoculated with Pfizer vaccines, one of the brands approved by the DOH, along with Moderna.

Ruby Rosa Lapara, a resident of Valenzuela and a guardian of a student who was vaccinated urged parents to have their children vaccinated to protect them from COVID-19.

“Sa mga magulang, sana mapabakunahan niyo pa po ang mga bata para maging mas ligtas po sila sa ating pandemya ngayon… Suportahan po natin ‘yung herd immunity… Tayo po ‘yung mismong aakyson, kung hindi po tayo aaksyon ngayon, kailan pa? Sa pamamagitan ng bakunang ito, ito po ang magtatapos at magwawakas ng pandemyang kinakaharap natin sa ngayon (I urge all parents to have your children vaccinated so that they will be protected. Let’s all work towards achieving herd immunity. We are the ones who should act. If we don’t take action now, when? With this vaccine, we willl be able to put an end to the pandemic we are facing),” she said.

As of October 24, the local government has deployed 794,584 vaccines, 349,793 for the second dose, and 445,791 for the first dose.