The Department of Health (DOH) is aiming to intensify the government’s immunization program for children in the coming months due to the threat of a measles outbreak.

Health Undersecretary and officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the DOH will enhance the government’s school-based immunization drive for elementary students. 

“We will continue to hold school-based immunization that are being done regularly… for those in Grades 1 to 7,” Vergeire said via a press briefing.  

Since the opening of classes in August, the DOH has been conducting Covid-19 vaccination drives in both public and private schools. They included the parents of students who have been vaccinated or boosted with Covid-19 shots. 

Vergeire added that they are also planning to implement community-based vaccination come March 2023.

“We will go to the communities come March so we can reach more children less than 5 years old needing the vaccines,” said Vergeire.


Ronald Espartinez