Press Release/February 14, 2021

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo today lauded the city government of Cabuyao for being the first local government unit in the country to accomplish a 100% vaccination coverage during the second round of Measles-Rubella Oral Polio Vaccination Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA 2) which was started last February 1, 2021.

“The successful completion of the measles vaccination in Cabuyao was due to the strong LGU support and all the stakeholders involved in the activity,” he stated.

“The success of any public health program and project rely not only on the technical expertise of health officials or the adequate resource mobilization. It requires the most important component which is the widespread grassroots support guided by an able leadership and clear policy,” he added.

As of February 13, 2021, Cabuyao City in Laguna has already completed a 101.54% for measles and 95.50% for polio which places them in the top list followed by Gapan City in Nueva Ecija with 95.77% for measles and 95.5% for polio.

According to Janairo, the target eligible children for vaccination in Cabuyao is 26,591. “The city has already immunized a total of 27,001 which exceeded the target.”

Among the top ten LGUs in CALABARZON with the highest MR-OPV coverage are Cabuyao City with 101.54% for measles and 95.5% for polio; Tagaytay City with 90.28% for measles and 87.44% for polio; Trece Martires City with 81.12% - measles and 82.82% - polio; Calamba City with 78.09% - measles and 79.33% - polio; Santa Rosa City with 76.40% and 73.59%; Laguna with 71.98% and 71.37%; General Trias City with 67.92% and 69.23%; San Pablo City 66.05% and 66.04%; and Binan City with 61.10% for measles and 61.32% for polio.

From among the regions where the 2nd phase of MR OPV SIA is being conducted, Central Luzon ranks first with a total of 71.67% vaccinated children with measles-rubella and with 28.33% remaining target followed by Western Visayas with 59.91% and with remaining target of 40.0% children. CALABARZON with 55.36% vaccinated children and 44.64% remaining target. Eastern Visayas completed a 53.54% measles vaccination with 46.46% remaining target. Central Visayas with 38.72% accomplishment and 61,28% still to be vaccinated.

For regional OPV coverage, Central Luzon tops the region with 71.71% coverage and 28.29% remaining target followed by Western Visayas at 58.38% and 41.30%; CALABARZON with 55.38% completed and 44.62% remaining; Eastern Visayas with 53.28% accomplishment and 46.72% still for vaccination and Central Visayas at 31.91% completed with 61.04% remaining target.

The total measles vaccination coverage is now at 57% (2.32M) with 43% (1.76M) children still to be vaccinated. For polio, a total of 57% (2.71M) were given OPV with 43% (2.07) remaining target.

“I encourage parents and guardians of children aged 0-59 months to avail of the free vaccines to protect your children from the measles and polio virus.”

“Wala pong gamot sa polio at measles ngunit ito po ay maiiwasan sa pamamagitan ng pagbabakuna laban dito. Huwag po kayong mangangamba dahil ito po ay ligtas at mabisa,” he emphasized.

The MR OPV SIA 2 is a month long activity from February 1-28 currently conducted in the regions of Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Eastern, Western and Central Visayas.
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DOH-CALABARZON vaccination teams administering measles vaccination and oral polio to target children in the province of Laguna during the house-to-house campaign of the 2nd phase of the measles rubella opral polio vaccine supplemental immunization activity from February 1-28, 2021.