The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is conducting a survey on the intent and willingness of higher education institutions (HEIs) to serve as sites that can be used by the government for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.
As posted on its official website, the Commission is requesting the completion of the survey form to determine HEIs (with authority to conduct limited face-to-face) who “intend and are willing” to partner with respective Local Government Units (LGUs) and serve as vaccination sites.
This initiative is based on the discussion between the CHED and the Department of Health (DOH) Orientation and Meeting with HEIs on Masterlisting for Vaccination held last March 30.
“With more vaccines expected to arrive in the country, the Commission encourages HEIs issued with authority to conduct limited face-to-face classes to offer their facilities as vaccination sites,” CHED added.
In the survey form, HEIs are asked whether or not they have “large and open-air venue/facilities, such as gymnasium, covered court, conference hall, etc.” in their campuses that can be used as a vaccination site of the LGU.
HEIs are also asked if they are “willing to offer your facilities, for free, to the LGU as a vaccination site” and if they are “willing to be endorsed by CHED to the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] as a vaccination site.”
CHED is also asking HEIs if they are “willing to comply with the guidelines for vaccination centers, issued by CHED and DOH” and if they are “willing to partner and communicate with your LGU on this matter.”
HEIs are also asked if they “help of CHED to communicate with the LGU” on the matter of utilizing their facilities as vaccination sites.
In a statement issued March 26, CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III said that six HEIs have partnered with their local government by allowing their facilities to serve as vaccination centers during the first wave of vaccinations.
De Vera also encouraged other HEIs to also offer their facilities as the country gears for expanded vaccination of senior citizens, essential workers, teachers and government personnel starting the 2nd quarter of the year.
“In return, we ask the LGUs to include the HEI faculty, staff and students who are assisting in the vaccination drive in their vaccination list so they can assist their LGUs,” De Vera said. “This is also the reason why President Duterte approved limited face-to-face classes – because our HEIs can help in the government’s vaccination program,” he added.
In a public briefing on March 30, De Vera also noted that facilities of over 30 HEIs are being considered to be used as COVID-19 vaccination sites.