DOH eyes house-to-house vaccination for vulnerable sector

The Department of Health () mulls implementing a “house-to-house” COVID-19 vaccination for the vulnerable sector and senior citizens.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the statement during the House Committee on Health inquiry regarding the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Yung house to house, posibleng gagawin natin, kasama na sa pagpplano doon sa mga very, very vulnerable at high-risk senior citizens,” he said.

However, Duque noted that this plan is “more of an exception rather than the rule,” since the original plan is for people to go to designated vaccination venues for the inoculation.

“Kinakailangan din natin bantayan yung post-immunization surveillance, monitoring and recording of adverse events following immunization,” he said.

Earlier, Duqe said the government identified 4,512 fixed COVID-19 vaccination sites nationwide. He said the model would be similar to voting precincts and existing rural health facilities and medical centers would be utilized.

Three vaccination teams would be designated on each site that would vaccinate up to 100 people per day.

Those who would be vaccinated would have to register, receive pre-vaccination education and counseling, and undergo screening and medical history review before getting the vaccine.

DOH eyes house-to-house vaccination for vulnerable sector

They will then receive an immunization card and be subject to post-vaccination monitoring and surveillance.

Last week, DOH said that Filipinos who will be vaccinated against the new coronavirus would be given a .

“Itong vaccine passport na ito, meron po tayo. Magkakaroon po tayo ng ganyan, and as we have said in the previous na mga pag-uusap, magkakaroon po tayo ng data registry for all recipients,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press briefing.

Vergeire also said a QR code will be given to those who would receive a .

“This would be something of a unique identifier for a specific person who will receive the vaccine, and dito magkakaroon din po sila ng card na nagsasabi na sila ay nabakunahan, either with one dose or two doses. This will serve as their certificate that they have been vaccinated,” she added.

 

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