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Press Release/August 18, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday started its first round of polio vaccination for the provinces of Cavite and Rizal which is scheduled from August 17-30, 2020.

“Come rain or come shine we will proceed with the house-to-house campaign in order to fully immunized the target children of 0-5 years old. We have to prioritized Laguna, Cavite and Rizal due to reported polio cases and their proximity to Metro Manila which recently also reported a polio case last August 2019,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“Batangas and Quezon province will also have their polio vaccination after we have finished with the three provinces which are the high risk areas that need to be immunized immediately for the protection of the target population of children and to prevent its spread and eventually stop its transmission,” he elucidated.

There is a total of 452,105 target children to be given oral polio vaccine in Cavite and 336,772 children 0-5 years old in Rizal.

There are 13 reported polio cases on the country since September 19, 2019 to date. Identified cases were caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2).

Janairo reiterated the call to parents and guardians of children aged 0-5 years old to have their children vaccinated. “Magbabahay-bahay po ang ating mga “bakuna doors” upang mamigay ng bakuna. Ito po ay garantisadong ligtas at ito lang po ang tanging paraan upang maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng polio sa mga batang 0-5 years old.”

He also acknowledged the support and active participation of the local government units for the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio Campaign”.

The schedule for the second round of “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” will be on September 7-20, 2020 for the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

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A three-year old child being given Patak Polio Vaccine during the house-to-house immunization campaign in one of the barangays in the province of Cavite on August 17, 2020

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A member of the DOH-CALABARZON Bakuna Doors administers a polio vaccine to a four-year old child in front of their residence during the start of the first round of "Sabayang Patak Polio Campaign" in the provinces of Cavite and Rizal on August 17, 2020 to August 30, 2020

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A health worker checks the names of the children from a mother who were listed for polio vaccination during a house-to-house visit at the start for the "Sabayang Patak Polio Campaign" in Cavite on August 17, 2020

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A member of the DOH-CALABARZON vaccination team carries the vaccines in a cold storage to provide polio vaccine to a child residing in one of the far flung barangays of Rizal Province on August 18, 2020.