Party Shots: COVID vax sites turned into carnivals as little ones turn up for the jab

Cartoon characters from Cocomelon and Disney fill pediatric vaccination sites as the Philippine government rolls out jabs for kids aged 5-11. Images: Caloocan City; Judy Ann Santos (Instagram)
Cartoon characters from Cocomelon and Disney fill pediatric vaccination sites as the Philippine government rolls out jabs for kids aged 5-11. Images: Caloocan City; Judy Ann Santos (Instagram)

Balloons and animated characters filled vaccination centers across Metro Manila as the Philippine government kicked off its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 years old this week.

City officials posted photos of their own jab sites around the metro in an effort to quell fears about the vaccination experience and appeal to the little ones.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan shared images of various sites decked out in animals and cartoon characters.

Meanwhile, actress Judy Ann Santos uploaded photos on her Instagram page of her daughter Luna receiving the COVID-19 jab while being surrounded by Cocomelon characters, as well as Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.

Children lining up for jabs will receive a reformulated dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the only brand given emergency use authorization for pediatric vaccination.

The little ones were reportedly treated to ice cream, and were distributed with coloring books as they waited for their turn.

According to the Department of Health, the government plans to vaccinate 15.5 million children in the country.

READ: The Manila Zoo has been turned into a vax site so families can get jabbed

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