THE Department of Health (DOH) is set to hold a two-day pediatric vaccination against preventable diseases, such as hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

In his report during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People Address on Monday evening, May 23, 2022, DOH Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama Jr. said the “Chikiting Bakunation Day,” which aims to immunize children two years old and below will be conducted from May 26 to 27 all throughout the country through the health centers.

He said they are targeting to vaccinate at least 80 percent of the remaining approximately 1.1 million infants who missed their routine immunization since 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

In April, the DOH conducted the vaccination drive in 36 priority provinces, noting that more than 10,000 children haven’t completed their shots.

Duterte urged the parents to have their children vaccinated against other preventable diseases.

“‘Yung two years or less magpabakuna na niyo para ‘yung mga bata ninyo may proteksiyon. At least, sa lahat ng mutants diyan kung tatamaan ka man, may bagong variant, hindi masyado matindi kasi nandiyan na ‘yung bakuna, may proteksiyon ka na,” he said. (SunStar Philippines)