MANILA – More than 750,00 infants aged 0 up to 23 months old have been vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in April, a health official said Tuesday.

In April, the Department of Health (DOH) launched the Chikiting Bakunation Days in 36 areas nationwide.

It aims to reach at least 1 million children who have missed out on their routine vaccination due to the Covid-29 pandemic.

“Humigit kumulang na 750,000 children, infants ang nabakunahan naten sa ating Chikiting Bakunation Days. Maganda protection po ito kung papasok na po sila sa ating mga daycare clinics (More than 750,000 children, infants have been inoculated during our Chikiting Bakunation Days. This is good protection for them if they are already going to daycare clinics),” DOH - Health Promotion Bureau Director Beverly Ho said Tuesday in an online media forum.

Parents who have missed the scheduled inoculation activities in the past two months could bring their infants and young children to vaccination sites on June 30 to July 1.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, oral polio vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and measles vaccine are the shots given to infants and toddlers during Chikiting Bakunation Days. (PNA)