COVID VAX PLAN: Things you need to know about the PH COVID-19 vaccination program
The Philippine government is eyeing to start rolling out the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program by the end of this month as initial doses of vaccines are expected to arrive this February.
How will these essential vaccines reach their recipients?Vergeire said for vaccines requiring 2 to 8 degree Celsius and -20 degrees Celsius temperature, the supplier will deliver the vaccines to the DOH rented private warehouse or to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), “which will serve as the government’s centralized vaccine hub.”
For COVID-19 vaccines that need ultra-cold storage or -70 degrees Celsius, such as those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, suppliers will deliver the vaccines to private storage facilities that were tapped by the government. “Through a private distributor, the vaccines will be delivered to our hospitals and medical centers with cold chain capacity to store the vaccines,” said Vergeire.
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(Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.COVID-19 survivors might only need one shot of the new vaccines from Moderna Inc and Pfizer/BioNTech , instead of the usual two doses, because their immune systems have gotten a head start on learning to recognize the virus, according to two separate reports posted this week on medRxiv ahead of peer review.The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca following the ceremonial turnover of the first shipment of the vaccine from World Health Organization Representative in the Philippines Dr.
recently announced that initial doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to be delivered in mid-February through the COVAX facility. The government is aiming to inoculate 70 million Filipinos by the end of this year. In a separate study, researchers found that 41 COVID-19 survivors developed "high antibody titers within days of vaccination," and those levels were 10 to 20 times higher than in uninfected, unvaccinated volunteers after just one vaccine dose.  As the public anticipates this vital initiative of the government against the pandemic, the question in mind would be: How will these essential vaccines reach their recipients? Vaccine storage and distribution  There are two strategies to store COVID-19 vaccines as these require specific storage requirements, said Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. The effect was not connected with pollen allergies, the researchers said.  Vergeire said for vaccines requiring 2 to 8 degree Celsius and -20 degrees Celsius temperature, the supplier will deliver the vaccines to the DOH rented private warehouse or to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), “which will serve as the government’s centralized vaccine hub. "Changing the policy to give these individuals only one dose of vaccine would not negatively impact on their antibody titers, spare them from unnecessary pain and free up many urgently needed vaccine doses," they said.” “From RITM, the vaccines will be passed on to the regional warehouses or hubs wherein our DOH Centers for Health Development in coordination with our logistic partners shall deliver the vaccines to our local government units (LGUs),” said Vergeire. Someone I know will bury me here but we’re always fighting.
“The LGUs will then allocate vaccines to their implementing units, such as medical centers, hospitals, infirmaries, RHUs (rural health units), and private clinics where the vaccine will be administered to the eligible recipients,” she added. COVID-19 patients with mild illness and at least one condition that put them at high risk for complications, such as diabetes or heart disease, received either colchicine or a placebo for 30 days. "As we cannot completely avoid pollen exposure, we .  For COVID-19 vaccines that need ultra-cold storage or -70 degrees Celsius, such as those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, suppliers will deliver the vaccines to private storage facilities that were tapped by the government. “Through a private distributor, the vaccines will be delivered to our hospitals and medical centers with cold chain capacity to store the vaccines,” said Vergeire. But among the 4,159 patients whose coronavirus infections had been diagnosed with a gold-standard PCR test, death or hospital admission occurred in 4.  Galvez recently announced that they are in negotiation with 18 logistic companies for vaccine storage. encourage high-risk individuals to wear particle filter masks during high pollen concentrations," said coauthor Athanasios Damialis of Technical University of Munich, in Augsburg, Germany. Health authorities also inspected the facilities of First Pioneer Distribution Center of UNILAB in Biñan City, Laguna and Zuellig Pharma Corporation in Parañaque City, “which could potentially be used in the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine rollout,” said Vergeire. After taking patients' other risk factors into account, colchicine was associated with a statistically significant 25% risk reduction, the researchers reported on medRxiv ahead of peer review. The Palace earlier said Duterte was simply waiting for the emergency use authorization to be issued for the Chinese-made vaccine before getting inoculated.
Vaccination team The DOH said that vaccination areas must have a team consisting of six members that should include medical and other health workers.  Two members: either a doctor, nurse, or midwife for the screening and assessment of patients. "Given that colchicine is inexpensive, taken by mouth, was generally safe in this study, and does not generally need lab monitoring during use, it shows potential as the first oral drug to treat COVID-19 in the outpatient setting," the researchers said. The researchers studied 84 pregnant women, 31 breastfeeding women, and 16 non-pregnant women who received the vaccines. One member: either a volunteer teacher, social worker, or a medical student, or other health professionals who can educate the patient about the vaccine he or she will be receiving. One member: either a doctor, midwife, or a nurse who will administer the vaccine. Watch more in iWantTFC For volunteers aged 18 to 55, vaccine efficacy was 82. Two members: either a midwife, barangay health worker, or other health professionals who will document the patient’s vital signs and other vaccination-related activities. She added that the study addressed an important question as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, given that there is currently "limited to no data on how they work in this population. Duterte has renewed his threat to terminate corrupt officials as part of promoting good governance.
The vaccination team has a target of vaccinating 100 people per day.9% when the booster was given within 6 weeks after the first dose.  Priority groups The DOH said that the frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel are the priority groups to be vaccinated against the viral illness.  “With the initial limited supply, frontline health workers and uniformed personnel are prioritized since they have higher risk of exposure while on duty and to allow them to continue fulfilling their duties in both the public and private sectors,” it said. Europe's medicine regulator has said there is not enough data to determine how well the vaccine will work in people over 55. Rapid test can screen for variants of concern A new test can rapidly screen thousands of nasopharyngeal swab samples for the concerning, more contagious new virus variants first identified in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, researchers said.  “Vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the indigent population, are prioritized guided by the principle of equity,” it added.  The local government units (LGUs) were tasked to come up with a masterlist to determine the residents who will fall under the priority list.. “I hope that I have made myself very clear.
“We need to have a line listing. "Our next job, already mostly completed, will be to add to the test so that a second mutation . So part of the requirements is to be able to list all our beneficiaries and it will help us monitor their second dose and also adverse events if these are felt,” said DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje. and may be the optimal for rollout of a pandemic vaccine when supplies are limited in the short term.  Cabotaje said that the primary goal of vaccination is to “reduce mortality while maintaining the most critical and most essential services. The next goal is to control and minimize disruption of social and economic functions. called E484K, can also be detected," he said.” Vaccination proper The vaccination activity will be by schedule to avoid crowding and maintain the minimum public health standards on the vaccination sites. “That’s my job.
“In our pre-registration, we have a vaccination date and time schedule so they don’t come at the same time— this is for crowd control,” said Cabotaje.  “And we have a card with a QR code na dadalhin sa vaccination site… Ito ay para masiguro na maayos ang pagsasagawa ng vaccination [And we have a card with a QR code that you will bring to the vaccination site … This is to ensure that the vaccination is done properly],” she added..  A waiting area will be set up where patients will have to wait for their turn to get vaccinated.  The next step would be the registration station. The individual’s QR code will be scanned and other necessary documents such as “health declaration forms” and “informed consent” must be submitted. In those cases, the temperature at which the probes change color will be altered, and any unforeseen color change will flag a sample as likely containing a new mutant, Alland said.
Third step, the individual will now be moving to the “pre-vaccination health education and final consent” station, where he or she can ask questions about the vaccine and other related concerns such as its possible side effects. A video will also be played, explaining the COVID-19 vaccines. The individual will also sign a “final consent form.S.” The individual will now go to the screening station, where his or her medical history will be reviewed and a physical examination will be performed.  The next step would be the actual vaccination.
A trained doctor, midwife, or nurse will administer the vaccine. The previous study, published in January, used a higher dose of the drugs and reduced the risk of hospitalization by 70%. After this, the health workers will now encode the details of the person’s vaccination in the immunization card. This includes the date of the first vaccination and when the second dose will be administered.   For safety, the patient will be asked to remain in a designated area for “post-vaccination monitoring,” to observe if he or she will experience adverse reactions to the vaccine. regulators authorized the combination therapy in February for use in COVID-19 patients age 12 and over who are not yet hospitalized but are at high risk for developing serious complications.  “After vaccination, we keep them in the area for 30 minutes to 1 hour so that we will monitor the adverse events.
This is a novel virus, hindi pa natin alam kung ano yung mga mangyayari and meron tayong mga standby teams that will be able to provide first aid or refer them to the nearest hospital  (if severe adverse reaction occurs),” said Cabotaje. . (Reporting by Nancy Lapid; Additional reporting by Michael Erman and Carl O'Donnell; Editing by Bill Berkrot).