Unvaxxed kid dies of Covid-19; 1st case in Davao

An unvaccinated patient belonging to the vulnerable 5-11 years old group has succumbed to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force reported Thursday.

In a statement, the task force said the death is the first case ever involving a patient belonging to the pediatric group here.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the spokesperson of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, renewed her call for parents to submit their children for vaccination.

She also urged the parents to explain to their children the safety and importance of the vaccine.

“Not all Covid-related deaths were from the seniors' population group as the virus could also infect any age group and its severity varies from one person to another,” Schlosser said.

She added that children aged five to 11 are prone to contracting the virus as they are the ones not keen on wearing face masks.

“If they do wear face masks, it will only be for a short time and would often complain of discomfort,” she said.

She also expressed concern about children who are not wearing face masks outside their homes.

“I'm afraid that full face-to-face classes will resume and the children don't have a layer of protection because not 100 percent of the children will wear face masks,” Schlosser said.

Of the 242,209 target vaccinees from the five to 11 age bracket in the city, only 19,639 or 8.1 percent received their first doses and 15,990 or 6.6 percent got their second doses.

Schlosser noted that the low vaccination turnout has led the Vaccination Cluster to partner with the Department of Education (DepEd) in conducting the school-based immunization.

“Talks are also ongoing to conduct a mobile vaccination in private schools,” she said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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