UP webinar to tackle COVID-19 vaccination on children

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

Vaccination has proven to be an effective tool for controlling COVID-19. It prevents severe complications, hospitalization, and even death. While the country continues to roll out its primary and booster doses to the general population, health experts encourage parents to have their children ages 6 to 12 years old vaccinated.

Recent studies have shown that the younger age groups are not exempted from the risk of infection by the virus. The literature points to both short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on minors on the risk of further spreading the virus to others.

Medical experts and healthcare workers must then provide families with more guidance about the vaccines to make informed decisions. Information campaigns should address all their questions and concerns while highlighting that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks in this scenario.

What are the risks of vaccinating children against COVID-19? How and where can children get vaccinated? Are schools undertaking vaccination drives? What is the country’s status on the vaccination of children?

This Friday, April 1, from 12 pm to 2 pm, join us for a special episode of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series. In partnership with the UP Manila National Institutes of Health (NIH), the UP National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH), UP invites you to join the fight against COVID-19.

This Friday’s episode titled “BATA, BATA, BAKUNADO KA BA?: Pediatric Vaccination Updates” will discuss updates with one of the leading infectious disease experts in the country, Dr. Anna Lisa T. Ong-Lim, Professor of Pediatrics, UP PGH.

Dr. Patricia Alcasabas, Head of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the UP PGH, will also speak about COVID-19 vaccination in high-risk situations like childhood cancer.

Veteran broadcaster and health advocate Niña Corpus will share her insights as a mom and a health reporter.

Dr. Edna Sarah Clemente-Morada, President of the Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, opens this week’s episode with a special message from Dr. Benito P. Atienza, President of the Philippine Medical Association.

Lastly, Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose,  UP PGH Deputy Director for Health Operations, will deliver the synthesis and closing remarks.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.