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Press Release/ 13 June 2022 

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A total of 70 participants from partner agencies: DEPED, DILG, OCD, PPS-STC attended the Coordination Meeting on School-Based COVID-19 Vaccination: “Bida ang Bulilit, protektado sa COVID! Let’s Resbak-ulit!” held at Brentwood Suites, Quezon Ave., Quezon City on June 9, 2022. 

The Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) CALABARZON on Friday, June 9, 2022, spearheaded by Asst. Regional Director Leda M. Hernandez convened the Coordination Meeting and Workshop on School-Based COVID-19 Vaccination: “Bida ang Bulilit, Protektado sa COVID! Let’s Resbak-ulit!” with government agencies and civil society organization at Brentwood Suites, Quezon Ave., Quezon City. 

The meeting aims to create strategies to attain the 57% target of the unvaccinated 5-11 years old children in the CALABARZON Region by the end of June. 

“This has been our plan, to convene all our partner agencies to strengthen our collaborative efforts in improving vaccination acceptance among parents and guardians of 5-11-year-old children, now that many of them have started the face-to-face classes,” Asst. Regional Director Hernandez said.

“School-aged children have a higher risk of getting infected with COVID-19; that’s why other than our elders and those who have comorbidities, these children are one of our top priorities,” Hernandez emphasized. 

The Family Health Unit (FMU), and Regional Vaccine Operation Center (RVOC) head, Dr. Restituta G. Magpantay, presented the vaccination status and the targets. The Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), and Philippine Pediatric Society- Southern Tagalog Chapter (PPS-STC) representatives identified coordinated actions to achieve a common goal of scaling up vaccination coverage. 

As of June 8, 2022, the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) reported a total of 1, 498, 295 unvaccinated 5- 11 years old in CALABARZON.

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Family Health Unit (FMU) and Regional Vaccine Operation Center Head, Dr. Restituta G. Magpantay (left) check on the presentation of the Province of Laguna for their workshop during the Coordination Meeting on School-Based COVID-19 Vaccination: “Bida ang Bulilit, protektado sa COVID! Let’s Resbak-ulit!” held at Brentwood Suites, Quezon Ave., Quezon City on June 9, 2022

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Health Education Promotion Unit (HEPU) Head, Ms. Jeanette N. Atienza (3rd from right) discussed with the Quezon Province team headed by Mr. Bryan Villanueva, Development Management Office (DMO) of Quezon, possible factors and reasons associated with low COVID-19 uptake among 5-11 years old children in the Province of Quezon. Among the five regional provinces, Quezon Province remains at the Alert Level 2 status except for the three municipalities (Candelaria, San Antonio, and Dolores) and the adjacent City of Lucena.