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Hundreds of kids aged 5-11 in Malaybalay’s distant village get COVID shots

MALAYBALAY CITY (PIA)— Hundreds of children aged 5-11 in Malaybalay City receive COVID shots in a single day as the Department of Health (DOH) expands its vaccination roll out dubbed "Resbakuna Kids," which was recently initiated by the City Health Office (CHO) at Barangay Caburacanan in Upper Pulangi district.

A total of 690 kids from the barangay's "pediatric district" took part in the event and received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

In order to drain away children’s fear of the shots, the team converted the vaccination site into a child-friendly and party-themed place decorated with colorful tarpaulins, balloons, and animal images. Aside from getting vaccine jabs, children were given loot bags as tokens after the vaccination.

Meanwhile, according to CHO records, a total of 2,190 children have been fully immunized against COVID-19. The total number of children who received the first dose and are awaiting the second dose is 2,290.

City Health Officer II Dr. Melirose Deticio who takes charge of the kids’ vaccination encouraged parents to let their children get the jabs, saying the vaccine protects against severe cases of the disease. She said this is also in preparation for the gradual reintegration of face-to-face classes under the new normal.

In its continuing vaccination for kids, Malaybalay City Health Office announced that the pediatric vaccination at the Enhanced Screening Area, Brgy 4, is now accepting walk-ins. However, kids should be with a parent or guardian presenting a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Schedules are timely posted on the "City Government of Malaybalay" FB Page. (Malaybalay CHO/PIA 10-Bukidnon)

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