Children’s voices filled the halls of Miriam College Nuvali once again as the Parent-Teacher Association Cluster 1, in partnership with One Nuvali and the City Health Office of Calamba, spearheaded a vaccination drive for 5-17 year old students and adult booster shots last March 2.
Around 750 vaccines were given to MCN students and non-students alike. Most of the non-MCN students who lined up for the vaccination were from the Nuvali area, and 30 children were from Buntog, a nearby sitio in Canlubang.
Volunteer teachers from different grade levels, professionals, and school administrators assisted the PTA in the registration, and five parent doctors volunteered to aid the participants in case of emergency. The City Health Office provided a total of 120 personnel to orient, manage, and administer the vaccines.
Mrs. Jezreel Vanguardia, President of the PTA Cluster 1, shared that the main reasons why they organized this event was to provide protection to the MCN students, especially those aged 5-17. They also hope that through this event, face-to-face classes would be possible. This is a timely event as the school is already preparing for a HyFlex setup for next school year.
The whole-day drive was made even more festive because of the McDonalds loot bags, vitamins, Gardenia bread, candies, and Shakey’s pizza provided by sponsors. Grade 5 homeroom adviser, Ms. Aurora Funtanilla, also baked cookies for students and teachers.
Despite the nerves that usually come with getting a vaccine shot, the students were seen to be very excited to see their friends and teachers, many of whom they have not seen in person in two years. Mrs. Vanguardia shared that her daughter, a Grade 3 student, told her that it was “the happiest memory of her life.”
This vaccination drive organized by the PTA Cluster 1 has benefitted not only MCN students, but also its nearby communities. The PTA is currently planning a second drive for the second shot of vaccines.