The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded on Saturday, March 6, local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila for what it described as an efficient roll-out and deployment of the vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their respective localities.
DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Bernardo Florece Jr. said the efficient roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination has increased the demand for the doses among the medical frontliners.
“This is a good development. A few days since the vaccination program began, we have seen the significant increase in vaccine confidence among health care workers with some hospitals even running out of stocks,” Florece said.
The DILG OIC noted that the preparation of the LGUs in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and their compliance with the national deployment and vaccination plan played a key role in the success of the start of the roll-out.
The preparations include town hall meetings among medical workers, vaccine roll-out simulations, and an inventory of resources that would be used in the vaccination process.
“So when the roll-out began, they were prepared and there were generally no hitches,” said Florece.
But despite the good start, Florece admitted that the “greater challenge will come in the next few months when we begin inoculations among the senior citizens and indigent groups but the LGUs have shown that it can be done properly and fast.’’
The LGU hospitals that were the first batch to begin inoculation include Pasig City General Hospital, San Ana Hospital, Pasay City General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital, Taguig Pateros District Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Tondo Medical Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, and Ospital ng Makati.
In Parañaque City, the vaccination rollout commenced on March 5 as 50 health workers from the Ospital ng Parañaque received their first dose of Sinovac.
Among the first to get the jabs were hospital director Dr. Jefferson Pagsisihan and Parañaque’s chief of clinics Dr. Patrick Ismael Dela Cruz II.
Malabon City also started its vaccination rollout at the Ospital ng Malabon (OsMal), and the first to be vaccinated was OsMal chief Dr. Mitzi Tanchoco.
Health workers in Caloocan City also got their jabs of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, as the vaccination rollout commenced at the Caloocan City Medical Center.
In Makati City, the local government said that its 300 doses of Sinovac vaccine were all administered to health workers of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak). OsMak hospital director Dr. Vergel Binay was the first health worker in Makati City to be administered the vaccine.
Mandaluyong City Medical Center, Navotas City Hospital, Novaliches District Hospital, San Juan Medical Center have also begun their inoculations.
All level 3 and level 2 LGU hospitals in Metro Manila have begun the vaccination roll-out among health care workers.