Fri. Feb 26th, 2021

The national government has finalized its mass immunization program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that is expected to start next month.

In a memorandum dated January 26, 2021, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Resolution No. 95 approving the “Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for Covid-19 Vaccines” that was signed by National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., Defense Secretary and NTF chairperson Delfin Lorenzana, and Interior Secretary and NTF vice chairman Eduardo Año.

Under the 118-page vaccine plan, all government regional offices and local government units are enjoined to put up vaccination operations centers (VOC) the soonest time possible.

“The implementing units such as government hospitals (both private and public), private clinics, government agencies, rural health units) shall forward all concerns and reports to the City/Municipal Health Offices. The City/Municipal Health Offices, in turn, are required to report all concerns and updates to the VOC,” read the vaccine plan.

“All reports and unsettled issues of a VOC shall be raised to the overseeing VOC. The overseeing VOC, on the other hand, shall provide feedback and provide recommendation to the reporting VOC,” it added.

The vaccine deployment plan also includes the linelisting and registration before the vaccination process, and the priority groups for vaccination.

The two priority groups for vaccination are: Group A that includes frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population and uniformed personnel; and  Group B that includes other frontline workers and special populations.Group C are those from remaining members of the population. SOVEREIGNPH

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