Cebu mayors get handbook on vaccination program

Published April 14, 2021, 3:04 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – For a smoother and more systematic vaccination rollouts, mayors in Cebu were provided with COVID-19 vaccination manuals.

HAND OVER. IATF-Visayas Chief Implementer Mel Feliciano (left) presents the COVID-19 vaccination manual to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia as OPAV Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino looks on. (Photo via Calvin Cordova / MANILA BULLETIN)

The manual was authored by Ret. Major Gen. Melquidas Feliciano, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-Visayas Chief Implementer.
“This handbook will somehow enhance the existing program of the local government units (LGUs),” said Feliciano.
Feliciano, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Sec. Michael Dino, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH 7) Regional Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas led the distribution of the manuals to at least 40 mayors from Cebu at the Visayas COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) on Wednesday.
The IATF-Visayas, OPAV, DOH 7 and Project Balik Buhay (PBB), which compose the VVOC, were responsible for the creation of the handbook.
Headed by its chairman Edmun Liu and co-Chairman Kenneth Cobonpue, PBB is initiated by the private sector in support of the government’s vaccination program.
“It is only in Cebu where there is an established partnership between the government and the private sector for the vaccination program,” said Feliciano.
The handbook piloted in Mandaue City, which was said to be the first to implement community vaccination in the Visayas.
According to OPAV Asst. Sec. Girlie Veloso, the handbook had insights from various experts “on how we can do vaccination safely, efficiently and orderly.”
“Like any manual, this is only a guide that you can tailor-fit to your needs. We are not imposing this but it is your ready-option, a great option at that,” said Veloso.
Dino said the handbook’s effectiveness was proven when it piloted in Mandaue.
“During the pilot testing in Mandaue, the time it took from the vital signs, assessment, counseling, up to the actual vaccination was only about 10-15 minutes while post-vaccination monitoring took around 30 minutes.  So we expect that one patient can get the whole process done in just less than an hour when he shows up for his vaccination schedule. Yet, we hope to do better,” Dino said. 
From Cebu, OPAV will soon cascade the handbooks to other areas in the Visayas.
Aside from the manual, the VVOC will also provide training to LGUs such as crafting the masterlist for their respective vaccinations. 
“I will really push for this so that our vaccination program will be organized,” said Dino.’