Over 21,000 Taguig kids receive free vaccines against polio
More than 21,000 Taguid children aged 0 to 59 months old received free vaccines on October 15 to help them fight the polio virus.
National Immunization Program Coordinator for the City of Taguig Dr. Jennifer Lou De Guzman and her team —in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital and Medical Center - BGC, Medical Center Taguig, Taguig City Medical Society through Cruz Rabe Hospital, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Marine corps, Philippine National Police, UNICEF, and the Philippine National Red Cross— have also started simultaneously making the rounds in barangay health centers and houses throughout the city for two weeks to ensure that every resident is given bivalent oral polio vaccines for free.
The activity is pursuant to the Department of Health's (DOH) Memorandum No. 2019-0318 reiterating the conduct of the Synchronized Oral Polio Vaccination from October 14 to 27, 2019 (first round of vaccination) and November 25 to December 7, 2019 (second round of vaccination) in the National Capital Region.
A total of 16,667 residents were vaccinated on the first day of the event.
The City of Taguig, through its City Health Office, has been providing free routine oral polio vaccines all year round.
Other vaccines that are currently offered for free at barangay health centers include the BCG vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Pentavalent vaccine or 5-in-1 vaccine, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine, DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccine, and Pneumococcal vaccines for senior citizens.