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SM, DOH ramp up ‘Chikiting Ligtas Vax Campaign’ at the mall

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan –SM City Grand Central in Caloocan and SM Center Pulilan here served as the official vax sites of the Department of Health’s Chikiting Ligtas campaign during its launched last May 2 and 3.

SM Supermalls has partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) to launch the Chikiting Ligtas Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA) in all 60 SM malls nationwide. The month-long campaign is in partnership with Healthy Pilipinas, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) that aims to inoculate children aged 9-59 months against measles and rubella, and those aged 0-59 months against poliovirus types 1 and 3.

Working closely with Caloocan Local Government, SM City Grand Central announces its vax schedule during its ceremonial launched last May 2. Vaccination drive at the mall will be administered at level 3 of the mall from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 31, 2023.

At least 248 children were vaccinated last May 3 at SM Center Pulilan’s Chikiting Ligtas Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity. Further details regarding the vaccination event will be announced in the coming days.

SM Supermalls president Steven Tan emphasized the importance of the campaign, stating, “SM Supermalls remains committed to creating a safer, better normal by providing a convenient, accessible, and enjoyable immunization experience to our SuperKids. With this, we encourage our shoppers, especially parents with children aged below five years old to get them their supplemental immunization against these preventable diseases in 60 SM malls nationwide.”

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported a worrying surge in cases of highly contagious and potentially fatal diseases such as measles, rubella, and polio. According to the latest data from 2022, there has been an alarming 186% increase in cases, with measles being the most prominent disease. This development highlights the pressing need to prioritize vaccination efforts in order to prevent a polio outbreak and contain the spread of these diseases, which pose a significant threat to public health.

“The only way we can prevent these life-threatening diseases is through vaccination. We, at SM Supermalls, are giving our full support to the DOH’s campaign by ensuring that our young stakeholders are given the opportunity to access Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine (MR-OPV) in the comfort of our malls,” Steven Tan added.

With its long-standing commitment to #SafeMalling experience, SM Supermalls aims to make the vaccination process more accessible and convenient for its shoppers, providing a safe and comfortable environment where communities can get vaccinated.

To know more about SM Supermalls’ partnership with the DOH for Chikiting Ligtas, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow @SMSupermalls on social media. (UnlineNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbinhttp://unlinews.org
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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