TARLAKENYO (May 11, 2023) — SM Supermalls, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) launches the Chikiting Ligtas Measles-Rubella Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity on May 01-31, 2023, in 60 SM malls in cooperation with Healthy Pilipinas, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dubbed “Chikiting Ligtas sa Dagdag Bakuna Kontra Rubella, at Tigdas,” this nationwide campaign aims to prevent impending outbreaks from these vaccine-preventable diseases and to inoculate children aged 9-59 months old against measles and rubella with vaccination of one (1) dose of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine. Like all other vaccines in the routine immunization program, getting inoculated against these diseases is FREE, safe, and effective in keeping them healthy.
“SM Supermalls remains committed to creating a safer, better normal by providing a convenient, accessible, and enjoyable immunization experience to our SuperKids. With this, we encourage our shoppers, especially parents with children aged below five years old, to get them their supplemental immunization against these preventable diseases in 60 SM malls nationwide,” said SM Supermalls president Steven Tan.
Measles and rubella are highly contagious and can be fatal. In the Philippines, the 2022 year-end report of the Epidemiology Bureau of the DOH documented a 186% rise from 2021 in epidemic-prone diseases, particularly measles. Further, the country is also at risk of the re-emergence of polio.
“The only way we can prevent these life-threatening diseases is through vaccination. We at SM Supermalls, are giving our full support to the DOH’s campaign by ensuring that our young stakeholders are given the opportunity to access the Measles-Rubella Vaccine in the comfort of our malls,” Steven Tan added.
With its long-standing commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the public, SM continues to provide not just a #SafeMalling experience to shoppers but also a convenient and accessible venue where their communities can get vaccinated.