Press Release/March 15, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) today disclosed a total of 82.42% (1,301,667) vaccination coverage for measles-rubella vaccine (MRV) and 82.31% (1,524,333) coverage for the oral polio vaccine (OPV) during the Phase 2 Supplemental Immunization Activity held from February 1-28, 2021.

Among the cities who accomplished one hundred percent + of their target were Trece Martires City in Cavite with 111.50% OPV coverage or 16,835 children from a target of 15,085; followed by General Trias City with 102.40% OPV coverage or 33,143 children vaccinated from an eligible population of 32,479.

For the MRV coverage, the cities with the highest coverage were Trece Martires City with 110.42% or 15,157 children vaccinated from measles from a target of 13,727; followed by Cabuyao City with 103.99% measles vaccination coverage or a total of 27,652 children from an eligible population of 26,591; General Trias City with 101.67% or 28,173 children given the measles vaccine from a 27,711 target population; and Tagaytay City with 101.62% coverage or 6,379 children vaccinated from a target of 6,277 children.

“We will still continue our routine vaccination and seek out the children who were not vaccinated for them to have the protection they need. Kailangang lahat ng batang edad 0-59 months old ay mabakunahan natin upang maiwasan nating magkaroon ng epidemya dahil hindi na kakayanin pa ng ating health system lalo na at tayo ay nasa kalagitnaan ng pandemya,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“We must have at least more than 95% coverage for measles and polio in order to achieve herd immunity among children at maprotektahan natin ang natitirang 5% dahil hindi na mahahawaan pa ang mga batang nabakunahan na.”

Janairo encouraged mothers and caregivers of children who have not received the measles and polio vaccine to go to their nearest health center to receive their free shots.

“Ito po ay libre, ligtas at magbibigay ng proteksyon sa inyong mga anak,” he emphasized.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus, which usually results in a high fever and rash, and can lead to blindness, encephalitis or death while polio is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause irreversible paralysis.

The Phase 2 Supplemental Immunization Activity was held in the provinces of Laguna, Rizal and Cavite.
A member of the DOH vaccination team administers measles vaccine to a 3-year old child while a health worker peers over the checklist to ensure that the target child has received the measles and polio vaccines during the 2nd Phase of the Supplemental Vaccination held from Feruary 1-28, 2021 in CALABARZON.