The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, Feb. 5, said that at least 116,000 healthcare workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) have already been registered by their respective health facilities in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine master list.
“We instructed all of our regions to initiate getting all the total number of staff within these health facilities,” DOH – COVID-19 Surveillance and Quick Action Unit deputy chief Dr. Razel Nikka Hao said in a virtual press briefing.
“For example in NCR, we already have around 116,000 that have already submitted their total numbers but are still in the master listing stage,” she added.
Hao said the hospitals are still in the process of going through each of their staff to find who has comorbidities or exclusions.
“These are ongoing and it’s not just in NCR. We are also asking this information in the other regions especially also in our COVID referral hospitals in Visayas and Mindanao,” she said.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, meantime, said it is necessary to complete the masterlist, especially for health facilities in Metro Manila.
NCR healthcare workers are first in the prioritization list of vaccine recipients based on sector as well as geography.
“Based on the criteria, the burden of disease finds the NCR as the topmost. It is the number one in cases, that’s why it was identified as priority,” said Vergeire.
“Also, in the criteria of readiness in storage capacity being fulfilled, it would be the NCR that is most ready for this kind of vaccine,” she added.