By Kier Edison Belleza
CEBU CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas has extended the deadline for the administration of free anti-dengue fever vaccines in Cebu by two weeks to August 15, 2017.
Shelbay Blanco, DOH-7 Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Cluster Head, said there was a need to extend such to give others the chance to avail of the free immunization and reach the target of 400,000 children.
From the second week of June up to August 2 this year, at least 67, 258 children aged nine to 14 were vaccinated with the first dose of the Department of Health’s (DOH) Dengue immunization program.
This covers 36 towns in Cebu province and three highly urbanized cities (HUCs) of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
Among the HUCs, Lapu-Lapu led the figures with 27, 505 kids vaccinated. Mandaue and Cebu followed with 6,589 and 3,090 respectively.
Lapu-Lapu started giving out free vaccines to as early as June 9 while the others followed on June 15.