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CWC Statement on the implementation of less restrictive alert levels on COVID

 

With the recent relaxation on COVID – 19 restrictions in the Philippines, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) reminds parents, guardians, and caregivers to take extra precautions, observe extreme vigilance, and reassess decisions when bringing children, particularly unvaccinated children, in public areas. This comes after families and children were seen flocking to the malls and parks which resulted to limited physical distancing, and with masks not properly worn on their faces.

COVID – 19 still lingers, and no one is exempted from acquiring the virus. This is evident with the case of a two-year-old who reportedly tested positive on COVID-19 and manifested symptoms after 3 days of visiting a mall. While this has already been regarded by the Department of Health as an isolated case, CWC acknowledges that many factors are surrounding the child's source of infection, including those persons who encountered or interacted with the child before and during the mall visit and are unknowingly asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Though age restrictions are lifted, this does not give a free pass for everyone to be lenient with their actions inside and outside of their homes. We encourage everyone, particularly parents, to always make decisions according to the best interest of their child, especially in terms of their health and safety during this new normal situation. If possible, avoid the 3Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings.

Let us celebrate children’s rights beyond National Children’s Month without sacrificing the observance of proper health protocols and without putting the lives of children at stake – whether fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and critically to those unvaccinated.

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