ZAMBOANGA CITY: The City Health Office here has vaccinated 32,685 children aged zero to 10 on Monday, the first day of the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio.
Corazon Pagotaisidro, City Health Office Immunization Program coordinator, said Tuesday the 32,685 represents 16 percent of 205,780 children targeted to be immunized against polio.
Pagotaisidro said they have assigned 900 health workers to do the anti-polio vaccination in the city’s 98 barangays.
The children are given the Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) during the immunization campaign, which is until August 2.
Pagotaisidro advised the parents to allow their children to be vaccinated to protect them from polio disease, noting that some parents were hesitant amid fears of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
She said health protocols are being observed in the conduct of immunization and these include the following: no-touch policy; no entry to the houses of the children to be vaccinated; hand sanitation before and after vaccinating each patient; and the wearing of masks at all times.
(R. G. Antonet Go/PNA/SRNY/RSP)