The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force admitted it is facing challenges in the vaccination rollout for five to 11 years old as no vaccination will happen without parental consent.
The city government of Davao is intensifying the school-based vaccination as face-to-face classes have started in most schools in the city.
“We are intensifying the school-based vaccination pero ang atong dilemma sa atong vaccination team if dili mu-avail ang mga parents. At the end of the day, dili mahitabo ang bakuna kung wala’y consent sa parents,” Dr. Michelle Schlosser, Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson, said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR).
Schlosser is appealing to parents of five to 11 years old to have their children vaccinated to protect them from infection as most of them are not keen on adhering to the minimum public health standards (MPHS).
She advised the parents to instill the importance of wearing face masks to their children to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
“Help prevent your loved ones from dying because of Covid-19. Emphasize gihapon nato ang pag-wear og face mask. If you can teach your children to wear their face masks every single time nga naa sila sa school. Pagpabakuna pud sa ilaha kay we don’t want them to suffer from the severity of the disease kung ma-infect sila,” she added.
She also reminded teaching and non-teaching personnel to make sure their learners wear face masks inside their classrooms and schools.
On Monday, students of public schools in Davao City returned to their classrooms after two years without face-to-face classes.
The Vaccination Cluster started the school-based vaccination among the pediatric age group five to 11 years old at San Roque Elementary School on May 27, 2022.