The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has assured parents that the anti-Covid vaccines for children went through levels of tests and there is nothing to fear because these are safe for the eligible age group of 5 to 11 years old.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the Spokesperson of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said the vaccines are for the protection of children from diseases, adding, “prevention is still better than cure. It will not be approved if it is not safe,” she said.
“Ang eksperto ilaha na nang gi-studyhan mismo na dili siya makadaot sa tao (The experts have studied this well and (vaccine) does not cause harm to people),” Schlosser said.
Schlosser added that the approval and release of the vaccines for the pediatric population 5-11 years old took time because of the tedious study undertaken by experts.
“Ang atong bakuna it took almost one year or a year before nato gigamit because it went through a tedious and strikto na experimento sa pag-study if it is safe for people (It took almost one year or a year before we used it because it went through a tedious and strict experiment to study if it is safe for people),” she said.
Meanwhile, Schlosser said the short period of the Covid-19 surge in the city is an indicator that the vaccines work.
“Remember kadtong wala pata’y bakuna before, our surge would go up to three to four to five months, but this time it is less than two months. It is because the vaccines work (Remember when there was a time that our surge it took three to four to five months. This time it is less than two months. It is because the vaccine works),” Schlosser said.
Schlosser said that the city has not recorded anti-Covid vaccine-related death and a team has been designated to look into the vaccine adverse events, including possible death due to vaccines.
“Naay tulubagon ang gobyerno and vaccinator themselves. As of today wala pa ta’y namatay tungod sa bakuna. Yes, there are minor adverse events but they are actually expected pero walay namatay (The government and the vaccinator are responsible. However, as of today, we have not recorded deaths due to the vaccines. Minor adverse events are expected, but we have not recorded deaths),” she said.
She said that the vaccination may not be mandatory but it is the best way to protect loved ones through vaccination, especially children. ” We would really like to protect our children with vaccination. This is the same as other vaccinations for newborns,” she said. CIO