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  • You Can Now Get Your Child Vaccinated Against Polio At This Fast Food Chain!

    Parents and caregivers now have more chances to get the polio vaccine for children.
    by Kitty Elicay .
You Can Now Get Your Child Vaccinated Against Polio At This Fast Food Chain!
PHOTO BY courtesy of Adi Timbol-Hernandez
  • As part of its synchronized polio vaccination campaign in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Mindanao, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that parents can also avail of free oral polio vaccines for their children at select McDonald’s stores in Metro Manila and Mindanao from November 25 to December 7, 2019, and in Mindanao from January 6 to 18, 2020.

    Fifteen branches in Metro Manila and Mindanao will set-up “Patak Polio Corners” for the scheduled vaccination program. Polio immunization will also be conducted in nine Mcdonald’s Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers, where children are taught basic skills in preparation for formal schooling.

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    The patak corners are located outside of McDonald's branches.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Adi Timbol-Hernandez
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    For everyone’s safety, the patak corners will be stationed outside McDonald’s branches and not inside the dining area, clarifies McDonald’s PR and Communications Manager Adi Timbol-Hernandez, in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph via Facebook Messenger.

    “We also agreed with the DOH that we will not store the vaccines inside the branch and kitchen (particularly our cold storage) and that they will handle the waste disposal,” she adds.

    The vaccines will be administered by health workers and volunteers, and not McDonald’s employees. “There is absolutely zero contact between our food, packaging, cutlery, etc, and the vaccines being administered,” Timbol-Hernandez says.

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    Where to get polio vaccines

    Here is a list of participating McDonald’s stores and Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers:

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    McDonald’s Stores in NCR

    • Pasig Caruncho
    • Concepcion Marikina
    • Las Pinas
    • Muntinlupa Highway
    • Maypajo, Caloocan
    • Vicas, North Caloocan
    • J. Abad
    • Cainta Poblacion
    • Belfast Fairview
    • Marcos Highway

    McDonald’s Stores in Mindanao

    • Davao Bajada
    • Davao Pampanga
    • Gen San Lagao
    • Zamboanga Gusu
    • CDO Kauswagan
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    Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers in NCR

    • East Rembo, Makati
    • Aeroville, NAIA, Pasay
    • Bago Bantay, QC
    • Old Balara, QC
    • Quirino, Manila

    Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers in Mindanao

    • Mintal, Davao
    • Buhangin, Davao
    • Brgy, Nazareth, CDO
    • Brgy. Sta Maria, Zamboanga
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    Health workers and volunteers will administer the polio vaccine for free.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Adi Timbol-Hernandez
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    “We are pleased to work with McDonald’s Philippines as we will have more vaccination sites for mothers and caregivers to go to. We are relentless in making this health service accessible and available to all, consistent with our goal of Universal Health Care,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said in a statement.

    "With the recent news on health outbreaks in the country, McDonald’s Philippines recognizes the role it could play in making a long-lasting difference in the lives of Filipinos,” said McDonalds Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang.

    “Our partnership with the Department of Health will allow us to take part in their preventive efforts against Polio in the country. With children most prone to the exposure to the disease, and with children’s welfare a priority of the company, we are further driven to support this program of the government," he added.

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    Earlier, the DOH confirmed that poliovirus was detected in water samples collected from Metro Manila and Davao City. The confirmed count of polio cases has also gone up to eight.

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    “The presence of poliovirus in environmental samples implies that carriers of the virus are continuously shedding in the communities,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, according to Rappler. “If viruses continue to spread from person to person in areas with low immunization coverage, the poliovirus evolves and regains the ability to cause paralysis.”

    The initial round of the synchronized polio vaccination reported 96% coverage among children 0-59 months old from the 17 cities and municipalities in NCR. Davao del Sur recorded 92% coverage from its 10 cities and municipalities while Lanao del Sur reported 85% coverage from 40 cities and municipalities. The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign aims to vaccinate all children below 5 years old regardless of polio vaccination status.

    You can also get your children vaccinated against polio in Metro Manila hospitals for free. Click here for a list.

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