DOH 5 conducts simex on vaccine deployment, implementation

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA5) – The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol through the coordination of Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), conducted a full-scale simulation exercises for vaccination and vaccine deployment in three COVID-19 referral hospitals in the region last Feb. 18 and 19.

The Philippine National Police Region V will escort the delivery of vaccines upon deplaning in Legazpi City Airport to ensure safety, peace and order.

On the first day, the simulation started from the reception and arrival of vaccines in Legazpi City Airport to a step-by-step demonstration of vaccination in Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH).

The same simulation was conducted in Bicol Medical Center (BMC) and in Naga Imaging Center Cooperative (NICC) on the second day.

Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana headed the assessment of the simulation exercises in the concerned facilities, together with DOH officials, hospital chiefs and unit heads.

Dr. Laxama, during the presscon, said that many aspects in the process of delivery of the vaccines to the screening have to be taken in important consideration so that loopholes and failures will not occur in the actual vaccination.


90% of workforce willing to be vaccinated’

Dr. Salvacion Macinas, OIC, Medical Center Chief II of BRTTH said that their record showed that about 1,800 or 90% of their employees are now willing to be vaccinated.

Asec Maria Francia Laxama played the role of a vaccinee during the simulation exercise on vaccination and deployment in Bicol Medical Center, Feb. 19. (Danica Cabballero, PIA5)

On the other hand, Dr. Francisco D.J. Sales, BMC Chief, said that from 48% of their entire employees, about 90% or 2,140 are now ready to be vaccinated.

From medical frontliners to administrative and utility staff, all employees of the said hospitals were included in the screening process.


Vaccination simex on LGUs


As of press time, various local government units are in the process of complying documents and other requirements for the implementation of their vaccination program in accordance to the standard set by DOH. Dr. Rita Ang-Bon, COVID-19 Vaccine Program Coordinator of DOH Bicol, said that their agency commits to input technical assistance to these LGUs to achieve readiness assessment. 

In the coming months, DOH would be conducting simulation exercises in various local government units once compliance of requirements is complete or underway. (PIA5)

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