BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 2 (PIA) - - Health care workers in the Cordillera are among the recipients of the 600,000 COVID - 19 donated vaccines from China with the initial vaccination rollout set this Sunday, March 7.
Department of Health - Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino confirmed during the RTF COVID - 19 vaccination cluster emergency meeting today and the initial batch of Sinovac vaccines is set to arrive in the region starting Sunday.
Around 3,608 health workers from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center(BGHMC), Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital(LHRMH) in Bauko, and Bontoc General Hospital(BoGH) in Mountain Province, Kalinga Provincial Hospital(KPH) and Benguet General Hospital(BeGH) are the initially identified priority for the roll out.
Dr. Anachris Kilakil of the DOH - CAR Regional Vaccination Operation Center explained that the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) approved the alignment of the demand of priority population to the expected vaccine, and recommended the use of the donated CoronaVac of Sinovac Life Science Co. Ltd..
For priority Group A, health workers are in the number 1 priority.
Based on the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, the Coronavac which can be administered to 18 - 59 years old clinically healthy adults, is a single dose (0.5 ml) vial given in two doses at four - week interval, she added.
For the 3,608 target health workers on the initial COVID -19 vaccination in Cordillera, 1,871 are from BGHMC; 629 from LHRMH; 329 from the KPH; 222 from BoGH, and 560 from BeGH.
BGHMC is first in the priority list being the regional COVID -19 referral center while the other hospitals were chosen based on the number of cases they are handling.
For DOH - CAR, coordination is ongoing with the provincial/city DOH offices, local health officers and health facility administration in term of logistics; storage and handling; communication and information dissemination campaign on policy updates and conduct of the rollout; assessment of the preparedness on the ground; guidance on the management and reporting of the AEFI (Adverse Effect Following Immunization), and facilitation of reporting to the National Vaccination Operation Center, among others.
To minimize vaccine wastage, DOH - CAR is also coordinating for the preparation of a Quick Substitution List (QSL) in case of non - attendance of health care workers in vaccination list, which will still be based on the prioritization list.
Constantino calls for a united front in ensuring that the recipient hospitals and health workers are prepared to administer and receive the vaccine, so that the vaccine would be maximized.
"We heal and recover as one", she added. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)