Laguna prepares COVID-19 vaccination plan
LUCENA CITY –– Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez has disclosed that the initial coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination plan in the province would prioritize health workers, senior citizens, uniformed personnel, and indigent residents.
Hernandez posted on Facebook on Thursday that the priority list for vaccination was discussed and decided upon during an emergency meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, between local government executives and provincial health officers.
He said the vaccine target recipients have been divided into three priority eligible groups: (a) health care workers, senior citizens, indigents, uniform personnel; (b) special workforce; and (c) the general public.
“Only those aged 19 and above will be vaccinated,” the governor said.
He said the province has started to prepare the master list to serve as a basis to pre-register the vaccine recipients and the vaccination process.
Authorities also discussed the vaccine storage facility and the location of vaccination centers.
Hernandez said only trained health personnel would be authorized to inject the vaccine.
The governor also called on local government officials in the province to help in the mass vaccination project, assuring poor towns that they would get help from the provincial government in the procurement of the vaccines.
Hernandez appealed to the mayors to again attend the next virtual meetings to ensure the smooth implementation of the vaccination plan in every municipality.
Hernandez did not mention the brand of anti-COVID-19 vaccines and the number of doses that the province planned to procure.
As of Feb. 2, Laguna has logged a total of 19,549 COVID-19 cases, with 18,535 recoveries and 494 fatalities. The province still has 520 active cases.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered local government units to craft their respective local vaccination plans to help disseminate critical information on the COVID-19 mass vaccination program.
The local governments’ vaccination plans should comply with Department of Health guidelines on the National Vaccination Program and coordinate closely with their respective DOH-Centers for Health Development in preparing their respective plans, the DILG said.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. previously announced that the first COVID-19 vaccine in the country would arrive by the end of February.
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