DICT: Vaccine registry to quicken pace of vaccine rollout in PH

Published April 21, 2021, 1:06 PM

by Gabriela Baron

The Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS) is expected to fast-track the vaccine rollout in the country, an official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said on Wednesday, April 21.

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In a virtual press briefing, DICT Usec. Manny Caintic said VIMS will track the number of vaccines administered across the country.

“It shall also be able to track the supply and distribution of the vaccines nationwide. Ito pong VIMS ay magiging single source of truth para sa lahat ng impormasyon patungkol sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 (The VIMS will become a single source of truth of all information about the vaccine),” Caintic said.

“Maaari rin po itong gamitin ng ating health professionals upang maisaayos ang aktuwal na pagbabakuna sa bakuna sa health centers and ng mga LGU [local government units] upang magkaroon ng maayos na aksyon at polisiya sa kanilang mga vaccination progres (It can also be used by our health professionals when organizing the actual vaccination in health centers and by LGUs to have a proper action and policy on their vaccination progress) ,” he noted.

The VIMS will also show a comparative report of the Philippine’s vaccine efforts versus other Southeast Asian countries. 

Caintic said the DICT is currently working with LGUs, private sectors, organizations, and individuals to “utilize the VIMS to its maximum capacity.”

“Sa atin pong pagtulong nagawa po nating paiksiin ang proseso ng bakuna nang sampung minuto dulot ng paggamit noong vaccine administration system (With our help, we were able to shorten the vaccination process by 10 minutes),” he added.

“Kung walang information system, umaabot nang 20 to 25 minutes, 30 to 45 minutes ang waiting time mo mula pagdating mo sa bakuna haggang maturukan ka, [with VIMS] we will be able to vaccinate within five minutes (If there’s no information system, the waiting time will be around 20 to 25 minutes or 30 to 45 minutes before you get vaccinated. With VIMS, we will be able to vaccinate within five minutes).”

The DICT and the San Juan city government are pilot testing the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine registry.