Parents should still refrain from bringing their children to malls even if the quarantine restriction has been downgraded to Alert Level 2, a health expert said on Monday, Nov. 15.
In a virtual briefing, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Benito Atienza said parents should still be wary of bringing their kids, especially those who have not yet been vaccinated, to malls or indoor places as they can still be exposed to the coronavirus disease.
“Kahit anong level ang ipatupad, ang hiling natin sa mga magulang ay wag muna dalhin sa mga mall ang ating mga anak lalo na sa 11 years old pababa kasi wala pa pong available na bakuna sa kanila (No matter what level is implemented, we urge parents not to take their children to malls yet, especially those 11 years old and younger because there is no vaccine available yet for them),” he said.
“Ang sinasabi po natin baka mamaya ma-expose sila, ang kailangan po nila dalhin natin sila sa park, yung mga maluluwag at may social distancing, huwag po muna ‘yung mga indoor (What we are saying is that they might still be exposed, what they need is to take them to the park, the ones that are open and have social distancing, don’t go to the indoor ones first),” Atienza added.
On allowing medical and nursing students as COVID-19 vaccinators, Atienza assured that they will still undergo seminars and will be under supervisions.
“May seminar po sila at may supervision po ‘yun. Hindi kami papayag na walang supervision. Usually po ang mga nursing student ginagamit po namin as encoder at karamihan po mismong doktor din ang nag babakuna (They will have a seminar and have supervision. We will not allow without supervision. Usually we use nursing students as encoders and most doctors do the vaccination),” he said.
There will be around 5000 medical interns, he added.
Atienza, meanwhile, also urged the public to still wear face shield as this is still an another layer of protection.
“Kung lumalabas sila dapat isuot, lalo sa mga mall, mga maraming tao na area. Ituloy pa rin natin, mayroon naman na sila, gagamitin na lang nila. Hindi na bibili, lilinisan lang. Wala namang mawawala kung isusuot (If they go out they should still wear it, especially in malls, crowded areas. Let’s continue, they already have it, they will just use it. They don’t have to buy it anymore, they just need to clean it. Nothing will be lost if they’ll still wear it),” he pointed out.
“Sa akin po, wala naman pong mawawala kasi protection mo naman eh… Hindi lang para sa COVID, para narin sa ibang sakit, sipon at ubo (For me, you won’t lose anything because you have protection… Not only for COVID, but also for other illnesses, colds and coughs).”