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11 Pampanga hospitals ready for Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 2021 @ 13:32
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All 11 hospitals in Pampanga province are prepared for the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination program, according to the head of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

According to a Philippine Information Agency report, PHO chief Jose Antonio Rivera said the Pampanga government’s preparations started as early as December 2020 to ensure the smooth implementation of the vaccine rollout.

“With the help of Department of Health, we crafted our own system. We conducted strategic planning and established microplanning. We also continue to practice this and simulate for the preparation for the incoming vaccines,” Rivera said in the report.

Vaccinations will be hospital-based in Pampanga to reduce the anxiety of those who will be inoculated and to properly monitor and attend to any adverse effects following immunization, according to the report.

“In our system, we have pre-registration and pre-counseling prior to the actual inoculation. We also prepared a post vaccination site manned by a doctor,” Rivera was quoted as saying.

“Vaccinated individuals will stay there for about 30 minutes to wait if there are any allergic reactions to the vaccine,” he added.

Under the system, there will be one or two cells in each hospital, depending on its size, with each cell having five stations and manned by 16-18 individuals which make up the vaccination team, Rivera said.

“In our estimation, a cell can do 240-400 vaccinations per eight hours. This figure should be uniform in all hospitals,” he said.

“The appearance of the counseling booth and post vaccination site will also be the same for easy replication. Basically, we have the same protocols regardless if you are vaccinated in a public or private hospital,” he added.

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