Vaccine advisory group suggests use of churches as jab centers

Vaccine experts in the country proposed the use of the numerous churches nationwide as vaccination facilities as the country anticipates the arrival of more coronavirus jabs, the Department of Health said.

The National Immunization Technical Advisory Group made the proposal last week, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.

Vergeire said, “NITAG has proposed to use churches [as vaccination sites] because churches are well-ventilated and may help in our vaccination efforts.”

She said the recommendation needs to be approved by the government’s pandemic task force on pandemic response and the vaccine cluster.

Last January, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines announced it was offering church facilities to help in the government’s massive inoculation drive.

Vergeire also said the agency is in talks with the private sector for the use of their establishments as inoculation hubs.

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