Mandaluyong healthcare workers to undergo training for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Published January 18, 2021, 2:52 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Some 212 healthcare workers in Mandaluyong City will undergo a two-day online training program in preparation for the city’s vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria said the first batch of participants, composed of doctors, nurses, and midwives, will be trained starting January 21 via video conferencing app Zoom.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the remaining city health workers will be trained on January 25 to 26.

Sta. Maria said they will be trained by other healthcare workers from Mandaluyong City Health Office and representatives from public and private hospitals in the city who recently completed an online orientation facilitated by the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the vaccination program of the local government.

The city health officer underscored the importance of the training, saying that Mayor Carmelita Abalos ordered that all healthcare workers in the city must be ready and capable once the vaccines arrive.

“The directive of Mayor Menchie is for us to be prepared and to make this a worry-free vaccination program with the help of qualified and capable health workers of the city,” he said in a statement Monday.

Dr. May Villarina, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), said all health workers set to participate in the inoculation program will be taught about the new vaccine, how it will be prepared, stored, and administered.

The possible side effects of the coronavirus vaccine to a person and how to deal with it will also be discussed in the training.

Mandaluyong City has allocated P200 million for the purchase of the coronavirus vaccine once it is available and is approved for use.

The city government has also inked a deal with AstraZeneca and the national government to secure in advance the COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by the British pharmaceutical firm.