Vax sites ready for disasters: DOH

Vaccination sites across the country are prepared in case disasters strike, an official of the Department of Health said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said vaccination sites have been instructed on how to deal with disasters such as power outages, flooding, and strong rains to ensure that these do not affect the vaccination process.

In the case of heavy rains, she said vaccination sites with no backup power are required to transfer to larger vaccination sites within the locality or seek help from the regional vaccine operations cluster.

She added, “(We have ways to prevent vaccine spoilage, we will be able to continue vaccination for our people.)”

Vergeire added the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to divide the A4 vaccine priority group into age clusters is in keeping with the policies of the World Health Organization and the COVAX Facility.

Older age groups remain the priority.

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