The Davao City Health Office (CHO) will launch a massive oral polio vaccination on Monday, October 14, in a bid to achieve 100-percent polio immunization coverage in Davao City.
In Tuesday’s Oral Polio Vaccination Forum held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, CHO head officer Dr. Joy Villafuerte said the immunization for the infectious diseases is free for children ages 5 years old and below.
Villafuerte said the first round of massive vaccination will start on Monday in Barangay 5-A Bangkerohan.
She said apart from fixed sites for vaccinations, volunteers from both government and private sectors will visit markets, malls, terminals, churches and event go house-to-house to properly reach all areas needed vaccination.
“We are targeting kasi 100 percent talaga,” Villafuerte said, adding that the second and third round of massive oral polio vaccinations will follow on November and December, respectively.
Villafuerte said they also tapped pediatric clinics that will provide free polio vaccination.
During the forum, Dr. Lulu Bravo said the polio outbreak was caused by low vaccination coverage and the people’s resistance in taking vaccines caused by the fear brought by the controversial dengvaxia.
In a data she presented, 93 percent of the Filipinos got vaccinated in 2015 but massively declined in 2018 to only 32 percent because of dengvaxia.
Bravo said to restore the public’s trust, confidence and acceptance on vaccination, healthcare workers, and institution through communicating the values of vaccination and the consequences of not having vaccination to individuals, families, tourism, security and economy would help.
If vaccinations are neglected, then eradicated disease will return, warned Bravo. “We are urging you all to have your loved ones vaccinated.”
Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, in his message read by his chief of staff lawyer Francis Layug, said the government will always support all sectors that aims to eradicate diseases to keep the health of the people secured.