Fri. May 27th, 2022

In his recent Talk to the People, President Rodrigo Duterte’s announced the expansion country’s immunization program under the “Resbakuna sa Botika” program nationwide that is also positioned as a joint government and private sector initiative address the shortage in vaccinators.

The pilot implementation was conducted in select pharmacies and clinics in Metro Manila on January 20 and 21 and is set to be expanded to other parts of the country as soon as possible.

The official list of participating major pharmacies and clinic networks are The Generics Pharmacy, Generika Drugstore, Healthway Clinic, Mercury Drug, Southstar Drug, Watsons and QualiMed.

Iyung nakita po namin nitong nakaraang linggo, ‘yung mga tao po nakita rin nila ‘yung botika na may bakunahan doon, aba eh pumupunta lang sila. They were just walking and they were saying, ‘Uy, ako papabakuna na ako’ kasi katabing-katabi lang nila ‘yung mga botika natin,” said

The goal is to bring our vaccination closer to our countrymen so that we can be vaccinated even faster and more people can be vaccinated. For starters, only booster shots will be given under the “Resbakuna sa Botika”.

Pharmacists of partner drugstores will be administering the booster shots, he added.

Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon met with Senator Cristopher Bong Go to expedite program implementation. “I think very good gesture at pag-aaralan talaga naming ng mabuti (ang proposal) para matulungan naman natin kahit kaunti ang ating mga pharmacists,” Dizon said.

The senator responded “Suggestion lang po, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, since binibilisan na natin ‘yung ating vaccination, especially dito sa ating bakunahan sa botika, gawan na natin ng paraan na mabigyan ng incentives itong mga pharmacists natin na nagwo-work double time,” said Go,

“Para maengganyo pa ‘yung lahat ng mga may-ari ng even private na pharmacies I Pilipinas … at mas mapabilis ang ating pagpbabakuna,” Go added.

Dizon assured the senator that his proposal would be discussed by the National Task Force Against Covid-19, in coordination with the Department of Health and National Vaccination Operations Center.

The government aims to vaccinate 77 million Filipinos and complete the 12 to 17 age group before the end of the first quarter of 2022. It also targets to fully vaccinate 90 million Filipinos and finish the booster shots of 72.16 million individuals by the second and third quarter, respectively.

To do so, the government is looking to pursue specific collaboration arrangements with the private sector to increase public demand for both primary and booster shots. It also hopes to recruit as many vaccinators as necessary to ensure the deployment of sufficient doses nationwide.

As of January 24, the government has obtained a total of 215.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 123.9 million of which have been administered. Nearly 57.5 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated while about 59.9 million have obtained their first dose. Another 6.5 million individuals have received their booster shots.

Senator Go is a co-author and co-sponsor of a measure that became Republic Act No. 11525, also known as the Covid-19 Vaccination Law, authorizing the national government and LGUs to undertake the negotiated procurement and administration of Covid-19 vaccines.

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