KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Norte – The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte launched its “pediatric vaccination” rollout against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for minors aged 12 to 17 at the Kapatagan Provincial Hospital on Thursday, November 4, 2021.
 
Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr., Regional Director of the Department of Health Region 10 graced the event and personally administered the first dose to a minor with comorbidity.
 
Director Llacuna said “ the move to hasten the vaccination for minors was due to the planned gradual reopening of schools for limited face-to-face classes starting next year”. The initial kick off was instigated after the FDA granted emergency use authorizing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine for minors.
 
One of the vaccinees, Frederick Andrei Maliawao 15, a resident of the Municipality of Kapatagan and a student of Lasalle Academy Iligan said,“Gusto ko magpa-bakuna for protection para sa pag open sa klase” (I want to get vaccinated to gain protection for when the regular classes start).
 
There are a total of 125 minors were inoculated with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, including KPH patients. Dr. Marujeta Isabel Lao- Opamen, Provincial Health Officer and other Chief of Hospitals of the province came to oversee the vaccination activity.
 
In his message Dir. Llcauna emphasized the importance of vaccination as one of the effective preventive strategies against any infectious diseases like COVID 19.
 
“Our government is doing so much for our health. Let us not fail the government and let us give them our support in the national vaccination program,” Dir. Llacuna said.
 
Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo recognized the initiatives of various municipalities in the province to attain herd immunity and appealed for the constant cooperation and open-mindedness of everyone, especially the parents in this new phase of vaccination.
 
“We have sufficient supplies for vaccines, so we urge everyone, especially our dear parents, to take advantage of our free vaccination with the Department of Health. It is for the safety of everyone,” Gov. Dimaporo said.
 
Dir. Llacuna further stressed the importance of the Local Government Units and barangays in achieving herd immunity. He said that, “the information drive should be intensified down to the barangay level where people seem to know each other in order to urge them to be part of the solution”.
 
Part of the strategies, some municipalities in the province started clustered barangay vaccination rollout. As of the last week of October, the data showed that there are still 16.07% that are fully vaccinated for COVID 19 in the province.
Dr. Opamen said that, “the vaccination rollout for the minors aged 12-17 without comorbidities will start next week, Monday, November 8 at various LGU’s vaccination sites while the minors with comorbidities will still be inoculated at the nearest Provincial Hospital”. PIO-LDN