The Marist School administration, in collaboration with the Marist School Marikina Parent-Teacher Association (MSMPTA), and the Marikina City Local Government Unit (LGU), and with the assistance of the senior high school department, held a vaccination rollout for Marist students and their siblings aged 5 to 11 years old on February 18, 2022, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Marist School Center for Music and Arts (MCMA) building. 

Prior to the vaccination schedule, the Marikina LGU created a registration form exclusively for Marist School students in accordance with this project. To avoid overcrowding at the vaccination area, parents and their children were required to follow the recommended vaccination schedule. “Walk-in” inoculations were also available for students and their siblings who were not able to register online, as long as the necessary documents were presented.

The children were scheduled to be vaccinated based on the following age groups: 

From 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, students from Kinder to Grade 2 or those 5  to 7 years of age were first, followed by 1:00 PM. to 2:00 PM with students from Grades 3 and 4 or those who are 8 to 9 years of age, and finally from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM with students from Grades 5 and 6 or those who are 10 to 11 years old.

The students and their parents had gone through the following procedures within the MCMA building: registration, health screening, inoculation, and observation immediately after receiving the vaccine.

The parents were reminded to bring the necessary identification and legal documents, such as their child’s or ward’s birth certificate. They were told to go through the required registration, security, and health checks at the entry points. It was suggested that parents limit the number of companions of the child to be vaccinated and avoid loitering and overstaying. Compliance with the minimum health and safety protocols, as well as the use of masks, were required.

In an interview with Cluster 3 Assistant Principal Mrs. Charissa Guevarra, she related that registration was made easier for her child’s inoculation at the campus. “We simply had to register via the link provided by the Marist Parents Teachers Association (PTA) office. We then downloaded the form and brought it with us during the day of vaccination.  It was good that the venue was set here in Marist School since it will ensure that there will be a limited number of people who will enter the campus.” 

She explained that she and her husband made the decision to have their child vaccinated because her daughter is the only one who had not received the vaccine. She also mentioned that having her daughter vaccinated is a way for them to prepare for the possibility of upcoming face-to-face classes. She also stated that her daughter had no concerns or reservations about getting vaccinated. 

Since there is an increasing number of students being vaccinated against COVID 19, Mrs. Guevarra stressed that students can be hopeful about the possibility of returning to face-to-face classes “for as long as the number of cases continues to decrease and minimum health protocols are observed.”

Finally, Mrs. Guevarra stated that vaccination is the best way to protect children from the virus and other infections, as well as a way to protect other children. Furthermore, she emphasized that if parents are unsure about vaccinating their children, they should first consult a pediatrician. Gabriel Suarez // Image from Inquirer.net

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