The Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) Bakuna Bus provided by the UBE Express was deployed to Cypress Infineon in Cavite to vaccinate 100 adolescents, aged 12 to 17, against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), said the country’s premier humanitarian organization in a press release on Sunday, Nov. 21.
“Children aged 12-17 years old need to get vaccinated now as it will also help in achieving herd immunity, and protect the children when they go back to school,” said Senator Dick Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the PRC.
Those who were scheduled to be immunized Sunday will receive their first dose under the PRC’s Moderna Program, said the organization.
“Vaccines are safe and effective. I urge everyone to get vaccinated as this is the best way to protect not just yourself but [it] also helps prevent the spread of disease to your family, friends, and your community,” Gordon reiterated, noting that the PRC has been also accredited to immunize children without comorbidities.
“To register for vaccination, call 1158 or email us at [email protected],” the PRC added.
The country began its COVID-19 vaccination of all minors aged 12 to 17 on Nov. 3, 2021, as part of the government’s expansion of pediatric jab coverage, and eventually enable schools to safely reopen amid the pandemic. (Charie Mae F. Abarca)