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Posted On: 8 October 2009 02:54 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Vaccination drive gains momentum

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Many parents who had remained sceptical about vaccinating their children against seasonal flu are now responding positively to the campaign, after its successful launch in a number of private and Independent Schools yesterday. Several schools which had earlier reported a lukewarm response said yesterday that they had seen a rise in the number of parents giving their consent. Those parents who still remain undecided have been asked by the schools to inform their decision soon. They have also been told that if they fail to respond, it will be considered as implied consent and their children would be vaccinated. Thousands of students from more than 20 private schools and a number of Independent and Semi-Independent schools were vaccinated on the first day of the campaign, launched jointly by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) and the Supreme Education Council. Fourteen teams comprising nurses and volunteers from the SCH and the Hamad Medical Corporation administered the vaccine to the private school students, while the Independent Schools were covered by similar teams from primary healthcare centres. “The campaign ran smoothly on the first day. We administered the vaccine to 1,000 students today and are targeting to vaccinate 1,500 students tomorrow,” Dr Mohsen Al Malki of SCH, who supervised the campaign at the MES Indian School told The Peninsula last evening. With a total of 10,000 students in the school and an increasing number of parents now informing their consent, the campaign is expected to continue for 10 days, said school principal A P Sasidharan.