Kids are in for a treat as pediatric COVID-19 vaccination sites welcome them with balloons, costumes, and much festivities. Celebrity parents Judy-Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, as well as Bianca Gonzalez-Intal and JC Intal, are among those who took the opportunity for their little ones to have the COVID-19 vaccine for kids. The pilot rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program for younger children began on Monday February 7, 2022 at different venues in Metro Manila.
Lucho and Luna Agoncillo Got Their COVID Jab on Pilot Day
Lucho and Luna Agoncillo, children of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday (February 7).
On her Instagram stories, the actress documented her children’s visit to a drive-through vaccination site. The doctor on the site administered Pfizer to both Lucho, 11, and Luna, 6. As of this writing, only Pfizer is the approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids.
Judy-Ann wrote in her post, “Finally! Our little ones got their first dose of Pfizer vaccine today! The waiting time is very forgivable bilang (since it’s a) [drive-through] vaccine, the kids are not exposed to a lot of people.”
She also mentioned that the area has free balloons, mascots, and entertainers. On that day, Cocomelon, Elsa and Anna from Frozen made their appearances to cheer the children as they got their shots.
She ended her post by acknowledging the efforts of frontliners to make the experience fun and worthwhile for the kids.
Lucia Intal Also Receives Her Jab
Today, Bianca Gonzales-Intal also came to Instagram to share Lucia’s photos getting the COVID-19 vaccine for kids.
In her post, she said, “Protected against Covid!!!! 💪🏼 The moment JC and I have been looking forward to, having Lucia vaccinated to help protect her from the virus. 🥺 THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH to our amazing pedia Doc @romeonuguidmd and to Doc @ayenuguid… you are ROCKSTARS grabe walang pahinga umaga hanggang gabi! Thank you to all the nurses and staff of Pediatrico and the entertainers who made this smooth and enjoyable for all the kids!!!!!! Thank you for your hard work!”
Bianca also added that Lucia was also “happy and kilig” seeing the balloons, characters, and goodies at the site. She thanks her husband, JC Intal, for bringing their child there.
Aside from Lucho, Luna, and Lucia, other celebrity kids who just got their COVID-19 jab for kids are Erich Barretto (daughter of Marjorie Barretto), and Zia Dantes (daughter of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera-Dantes).
The Situation in Other Vaccination Sites
Facilitators of other sites also took the time and effort to make the venue as welcoming to kids as possible. They even gave free chocolates, ice cream, and candies to children as tokens for their bravery.
For instance, the San Juan City government decorated FilOil Arena to help children feel at ease and comfortable during vaccination.
“As a pediatrician, I know for a fact na kapag nag vaccinate ng bata mahirap lalo na at makakita pa lang ng karayom so what we decided is maging festive. Tapos parang children’s party to divert their attention,” San Juan Health officer Mitzi Tanchoco said.
Mild Side Effects Experienced After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids
At the National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City, medical center chief Dr. Moriel Creencia said that most children experienced only minor injection site pain after the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids. They also opened their venue to both pre-registered and walk-in children ages 5 to 11.
The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention stated that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is more than 90% effective against the virus. The group also mentioned the possibility of a child experiencing some side effects. Such minor reactions are normal indications that their body is developing immunity.
As of this writing, The Department of Health reported that nearly 10,000 children from ages 5 to 11 already received their first dose. 32 vaccination sites are also open to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for kids.
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