PH Pediatric vaccination pushes despite court petition

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Health Undersecretary of the Philippines, Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the pediatric vaccination will start on Feb. 7, during the press briefing on Friday.

The Pilot for Pediatric vaccination in the Philippines for aged 5 to 11 will begin on Feb. 7, despite the court petition filed before the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City, Philippines.

The petition seeks a temporary restraining order and/or writ of the preliminary injunction against the drive, filed by Dominic Almelor and Girlie Samonte who have children within the 5 to 11 age bracket.

The complainants were concerned about the DOH provision in Memorandum No. 2022-0041, “the State may act as parents patriae and give the necessary consent” in case the parent or guardian refuses to give consent despite the desire and willingness of the child to get vaccinated.

Health Undersecretary of the Philippines, Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, said that every Filipino has the right to ask about the policies implemented by the government.

“All of the vaccines that we have in the country specifically for aged 5-11 were studied carefully by our experts. And even across the globe, like well-known national regulatory agencies have given a guarantee that the vaccines for pediatrics are safe and effective for the 5-11 aged group,” said Dr. Vergeire in a press briefing.

DOH Undersecretary added that regarding the parents’ doubts on the reaction of the vaccine, based on CDC and studies around the globe, over 8.1 million children have already been vaccinated worldwide, with no serious adverse reaction and no deaths reported. They should not worry about the vaccination because it will help the children.

The PH government eyes for 15.56 million total inoculations for children aged 5-11 with over 100,000 pre-registrations already recorded for the vaccination rollout.