100% Navoteño kids get measles-rubella shots

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CALOOCAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) -- Navotas has completed the measles-rubella vaccination for below 5-year-old kids, the first city in Metro Manila to have done so.

In its March 2 report, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that Navotas was able to vaccinate 19,820 children or 100.42 percent of its 19,738 target population.

"Despite the challenges of vaccine hesitancy and the pandemic, our health workers persevered to get our children protected from measles and rubella. Many of them had to go house-to-house to reach families who could not go to our barangay health centers," Mayor Toby Tiangco said.

"We thank our health workers for their dedication and the parents for their support to the immunization drive. We hope we will also get the same acceptance and enthusiasm with our COVID-19 vaccination program," Mayor Toby added.

The Measles-Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MRSIA) ran from February 1-28. DOH extended the deadline to March 7 in order to reach its nationwide target population of 95 percent.

"Our kids are now protected from measles and rubella, but they cannot be inoculated yet against COVID-19. Let us protect them from this deadly disease by getting ourselves vaccinated," Tiangco said.

"By being vaccinated, we lower the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. This way, we help keep others safe, especially the vulnerable ones like children and elderly," he explained. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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