You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Top Stories

DepEd mulls ‘no vaccination, no enrollment’ in public schools

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 2/22/2019 Dalangin-Fernandez, Lira
a group of people in a box: Rosauro Alamrio Elementary School in Tondo, Manila starts accepting on Saturday, January 26, 2019 children for the grade school registration during the first day of early enrollment program of the Department of Education for the School Year 2019-2020. DANNY PATA Rosauro Alamrio Elementary School in Tondo, Manila starts accepting on Saturday, January 26, 2019 children for the grade school registration during the first day of early enrollment program of the Department of Education for the School Year 2019-2020. DANNY PATA

The Department of Education (DepEd) said it is studying the proposal of the Department of Health (DOH) to implement a "no vaccination, no enrollment," policy in public schools amid the spike in the number of measles cases in the country.

Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stressed that despite this proposal the rights of the students would be the prime consideration.

"As much as there is a growing need to reinvigorate the campaign for the importance of vaccination, the proposed policy must take into consideration the human rights of learners, especially their access to quality basic education," Briones said in the department's news release Friday.

"While DepEd is looking into different ways to regain the confidence of parents in immunization, the agency has made commitments with DOH in ensuring that the learners are protected," she added.

Briones said the following measures would be in place in case the no vaccination, no enrollment policy is enforced:

• Develop consent form and evaluation form, which will categorize learners as “vaccinated,” “doubtful,” and “not vaccinated;”

• Verify school records and vaccination cards;

• Gather and share data on the number of learners affected with measles;

• Coordinate with health center staff on learners who are absent and whose parents did not give consent during vaccination;

• Follow up on learners who did not receive vaccination and those who opted to be inoculated by private practitioner; and,

• Review and explore the strengthening of Executive Order No. 663, series 2007 (Implementing the National Commitment for “Bakuna ang Una sa Sanggol at Ina,” Attaining World Health Organization’s Goals to Eliminate Measles and Neonatal Tetanus, Eradicate Polio, Control Hepatitis B and Other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases) and of Executive Order No. 82, series 2012 (Operationalizing the Practical Guide for National Crisis Managers and the National Crisis Management Core Manual; Establishing National and Local Crisis Management Organizations; and Providing Funds Therefor)

Briones assured the learners, parents, teaching and non-academic personnel, and stakeholders that the DepEd will continue to work closely with the DOH in monitoring measles cases and in strengthening efforts to combat the disease. 

A measles outbreak has been declared in Metro Manila and in parts of Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) due to the number of cases in the areas.

Based on latest data from the DOH, there are already 11,459 reported cases of measles nationwide as of February 20, 2019, a four-fold increase from the previous 2,673 cases in the same period last year.

The number of fatalities due to measles has climbed to 189 as of February 20. —LDF, GMA News

More From GMA News Online

GMA News Online
GMA News Online
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon