The Head Teachers must prepare the directory of the pupils which the Barangay Officials will use in the conduct of the House-to-house visitation to ensure that all 5-11 years old children will be vaccinated when the Vaccination Teams come to their barangay for their vaccination, as scheduled. According to Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari this is the strategy being used by the city government to ensure that all 5-11 years old children in the city are vaccinated against COVID-19 before the classes start on August 22, 2022.
As a result of this strategy, Dr. Profetana revealed that as of January 11, 2022, forty-five percent (8,000) of the 5-11 years old children in the City of Baybay had already been vaccinated out of the 17,759 target population.
He added that with the Ramp-up Pediatric Vaccination, the Local Vaccination Operation Center (LVOC) will be able to vaccinate the remaining 55% of the 5-11 population this month, “Then, we will go back to the barangays to conduct a second dose for those who have received their first dose and catch up vaccination for those who failed to go to the Vaccination Post during their vaccination schedule.”
Mayor Cari said that the city has to vaccinate at least 70% of the total population of the 5-11 years old children so that parents will feel that it is already safe to send their children to school for face-to-face classes. “It has been a long time since the schooling of our children has been affected by the virus. Two years is a huge waste of time. Thus, the parents must ensure that their 5-11 years old children are fully vaccinated,” added Mayor Cari.
It could be recalled that during the City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (City IATF-MEID), Dr. Profetana revealed that the vaccination rate of the city (81.36%) is higher than that of the regional (69.9%) and the national (78%) vaccination rates.
He added that the vaccination rate for the 12-17 years old is 87% and that of the 18 years old and above is 83%. However, he said that the vaccination rate for the booster dose is only 7.9%, “This is where we need massive information campaign to encourage more Baybayanons to get their booster and the second booster dose.”