By Jerome Carlo Paunan
MANILA– Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said alternative COVID-19 vaccination sites are now being identified in coordination with Metro Manila mayors and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Malaya said that 28 out of the 407 operational vaccination sites in NCR are affected by flooding.
“While we understand that we would like to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as possible, there is also the issue of overcrowding in vaccination centers so we already asked the LGUs to identify alternative vaccination sites,” he said.
Malaya said the affected LGUs have already identified alternative vaccination sites where they will transfer their operations.
He also urged LGUs to ensure the integrity and security of COVID-19 vaccines at all times based on the recommended cold chain temperature requirements.
“Siguruhin po nating hindi masasayang ang mga vaccines na dinedeliver sa inyo dahil tandaan natin na bawat dose ng bakuna ay mahalaga para makarating na tayo sa tinatawag na population protection,” he said. Let us make it a point that there will be no wastage of vaccines delivered and always remember that each jab dose is important for us to reach population protection.)
According to an Advisory issued by the National Vaccination Operations Center headed by the Department of Health, LGUs should look for an alternative vaccination site and immediately transfer the vaccination operations to the said site as far as practicable if the vaccination sites and their immediate perimeter are flooded,
The NVOC advisory also said that if transfer is not feasible, vaccination activities may be suspended and resumed once the weather situation permits and the flood has subsided. those who will be affected by the change in schedule of vaccination or transfer of vaccination site should be duly informed. Philippine Information Agency