Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando. Photo from his Facebook account
Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando. Photo from his Facebook account

CITY OF MALOLOS–Bulacan children and students ages 5-11 and 12-17 are deemed protected from COVID-19 as face to face classes starts on Monday, Aug. 22 as more their vaccination rate surpassed the 70% herd immunity requirement.

Based on the latest data from the Bulacan Provincial Health Office, the 70% herd immunity target or 233,454 for children ages 5-11 was already surpassed after 292,738 within the same age bracket had already undergone first dose vaccination which was already 87.79% while those who had second dose were 250, 211 or 75.05%. 

The 288,565 population or 70% herd immunity requirement for the 12-17 years old has also been surpassed after 369,040 had undergone first dose vaccination which was already 127.89% while 354,015 took the second jab which was at 122. 68%. 

Zenia Mostoles, Department of Education Bulacan Schools Division Superintendent said this makes the more than 70% of the 540,088 elementary and high school students in all the public and private schools in Bulacan 21 towns who were already vaccinated. 

However, the 540, 088 data they have does not include the estimated more than 50,000 school children in the big Cities of San Jose del Monte, Malolos and Meycauayan who were also fully vaccinated.

Mostoles said the local government units and the parents of the students and the health personnel in the respective towns and barangays are their continued partners in making the success of the children’s vaccination. 

Gov. Daniel Fernando who earlier declared a no vaccination no face to face classes resorted in fully encouraging parents, schools and the community to turn in their children for full vaccination as one of the province strongest weapon against COVID-19 as inside classroom learning resumes. 

“It is not compulsory but we continuously make our appeal yo have their children vaccinated. Our efforts paid off and we continue to appeal for the others to also had their vaccines for their own protection,” the governor said

“Those who are vaccinated are mixed with the non-vaccinated inside a classroom. We are doing all our best to also encourage those who have yet to be vaxed to take jabs,” Mostoles told NEWS CORE.