To facilitate better monitoring of children who received the dengue vaccine as well as their parents, identification cards will be issued by the Department of Health.

The ID cards of both child and parent contain basic information about the recipient of the vaccine, according to DOH Central Luzon Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon. She made the announcement during the dengue summit held in Pampanga.

Aside from the child's name and grade level, also printed in the card are gender, contact number and vaccine-related information such as the number of doses received and date when it was given.

The cards will be issued to families in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Metro Manila and Cebu where government's mass dengue vaccination programme was implemented. These areas have historically recorded the highest incidences of dengue in the country.

More than 830,000 children received the Dengvaxia vaccine nationwide.

The first batch of recipients were 150 children and their mothers who got their cards during the programme at the San Isidro Integrated School in San Fernando.

The IDs enable children who received the vaccine to be given medical priority in case something happens to them that could be dengue-related.

Also printed on the cards are the instructions for what to do first if the child manifests dengue signs.

“In case the child manifests dengue symptoms, this ID must be presented to the health facility so that they know that he/she will be given priority in his/her medical needs,” Director Gorgolon added.

The IDs serve as clear separator of those vaccine-inoculated children who got dengue and those children who did not receive the vaccine but got the infection, following an incident where a parent talked to the media claiming their child was given Dengvaxia, but after checking was said to not be in the DOH master list.

Director Gorgolon explained this was one of the vital issues they wanted to address as they deal with the dengue vaccine crisis. MIMS