ROXAS CITY — The province of Capiz has the highest percentage of children vaccinated in Western Visayas during the first day of the Chikiting Ligtas immunization program, records at the Department of Health showed.
Julius Vicson De La Cruz, Capiz Provincial Health Office-National Immunization Program manager, Capiz was able to immunize six percent of their target number of children.
For measles-rubella, the PHO plans to vaccinate 63,567 children and 74,074 children for polio, he said.
As of February 4, 15.35 percent of the children were vaccinated.
For measles and rubella, the vaccine is for nine months up to 59 months old, while the mouth drops for polio is for children 0-59 months old.
De La Cruz said they plan to vaccinate at least five percent of their target number of the population daily for February.
The PHO encouraged the parents to have their children vaccinated against these diseases, assuring them that the vaccines are safe.
The Chikiting Ligtas program, a national immunization program of the DOH, runs from February 1 to 28.*