Mandaluyong LGU conducts dry run for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Published January 21, 2021, 4:28 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The local government of Mandaluyong City conducted on Wednesday a simulation of its vaccination process, as the arrival of the vaccines against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) nears.

For Mandaluyong’s inoculation drive, residents who pre-registered for the city’s vaccination program must proceed to their designated vaccination site on their scheduled date of inoculation.

Each vaccination site will have a waiting area for vaccine recipients before proceeding to the registration area where they must present their ID and QR code.

A vaccination card and a consent form will then be issued and must be signed by the vaccine recipient.

They will then undergo a five-minute briefing about the vaccine and its effects at the counselling area. A vaccination staff will be available to answer questions about the vaccine and the vaccination process.

At the screening area, a medical staff will conduct a physical checkup on the vaccine recipient to ensure that he/she is in good shape.

The recipient’s vaccination card will then be marked “Approved” by the attending physician and only then that an individual will receive the vaccine at the vaccination area.

The local government said the city’s vaccination process is estimated to run for about 12 minutes, but all vaccinated individuals have to stay in an observation area for about 30 minutes to an hour for monitoring before they will be allowed to go home.

According to the local government, this stage of the vaccination process will ensure that a vaccinated person will get immediate medical attention should any unusual reaction manifest, as mandated by the Department of Health.

Ambulances will be on stand-by at all the vaccination centers to quickly transport to a hospital any person who will have adverse reactions to the vaccine.

All vaccination centers will also have a public information desk, first aid station, storage and supply area, and food station.

Mayor Carmelita Abalos said healthcare workers assigned in the vaccination program will be subjected to a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing to ensure that they are free from COVID-19.

Abalos stressed that the COVID-19 vaccination is free and voluntary to all Mandaluyong residents.

For its inoculation drive, the local government has set up a vaccination center at Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School in Barangay Barangka Drive.

The local government said it will set up more vaccination centers in the future.