Philippines targets giving COVID-19 boosters in pharmacies by end January

1/17/2022 7:33:00 PM

The country's vaccine czar says it's the 'way forward' in devolving vaccinations to LGUs and the 'future commercialization of the vaccine'

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The country's vaccine czar says it's the 'way forward' in devolving vaccinations to LGUs and the 'future commercialization of the vaccine.'

The country's vaccine czar says it's the 'way forward' in devolving vaccinations to LGUs and the 'future commercialization of the vaccine'

Galvez said the government planned to begin vaccine booster rollout via pilot pharmacies in the National Capital Region (NCR) beginning January 21 (Galvez’s presentation, however, indicated that the rollout would begin on January 20).Subsequent phases of the rollout plan – expansion to additional sites in NCR and then, eventually, to other regions – have no target date yet, based on Monday’s presentation.

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MANILA, Philippines – The “way forward” for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program? Rolling boosters out to the public via pharmacies and private clinics, vaccination chief Carlito Galvez Jr said during a regular meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, January 17.Chito Chavez Doctors in the provinces have been sent sent to the barangays to explain the benefits of having the vaccine against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), a strategy seen to entice more unvaccinated individuals to get their jabs.To ensure that all schools nationwide will be smoke-free, the Department of Education (DepEd) calls on various government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and partners to support smoke-free schools and communities.COVID-19 daily growth rate in Metro Manila steadily declining — OCTA Research “Ako po si PAO Chief Persida Rueda Acosta, nakikiusap, huwag po nating i-disciminate ang unvaccinated.

Galvez said the government planned to begin vaccine booster rollout via pilot pharmacies in the National Capital Region (NCR) beginning January 21 (Galvez’s presentation, however, indicated that the rollout would begin on January 20). Subsequent phases of the rollout plan – expansion to additional sites in NCR and then, eventually, to other regions – have no target date yet, based on Monday’s presentation. Dakila Cua bared this on Sunday, Jan. Must Read PH must flatten COVID-19 curve or risk ‘superspreader’ election, says expert Only booster shots may be administered via the pharmacies and private clinics. In a forum held in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Health Justice Philippines, DepEd also conducted a dialogue with LGUs on how they can sustain the implementation of smoke-free environment programs in the new normal. Based on Galvez’s presentation, boosters will be rolled out via Mercury Drug, Watsons, The Generics Pharmacy, Generika Drug Store, Southstar Drug, QualiMed, and Healthway. Earlier, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya noted that some still believe that the vaccine will turn them to “zombies. Individuals 18 years old and above from the following groups are eligible to get their boosters at pharmacies: Priority Group A1: Workers in essential health services, if without comorbidities Priority Group Expanded A1: Overseas Filipino Workers, and family members of A1, if without cormorbidities Priority Group A4: Workers in essential services Priority Group A5: Poor population Rest of the adult population “This is our way forward to hand over the responsibility of the vaccination from the national government-centered to its complete devolution to the LGUs and the private sector in preparation for the future commercialization of the vaccine,” said Galvez.) Acosta said the unvaccinated’s rights will be violated if they will be discriminated against just to force them to get the COVID-19 jab.

Although it will be finally rolled out here after nearly two years into the global pandemic, getting vaccinated in pharmacies and private clinics is not unique to the Philippines. Interviewed on dzBB, ULAP president and Quirino Governor Dakila Cua pointed out that the barangay captains are identifying individuals who refuse to get vaccinated but complained of having difficulty in convincing them about the benefits of getting the vaccine.” To ensure that all schools will be smoke-free, Briones explained that DepEd also designated Tobacco Control Coordinators in region and division offices and briefed tobacco intervention providers among the Department’s health personnel and have supported them in implementing programs and delivering services for the learners. Other countries have been administering COVID-19 jabs via pharmacies since vaccines became available over a year ago. Vince Dizon, the country’s tracing czar, had “initiated” the plan based on the USA’s vaccine rollout via pharmacies, according to Galvez. Alam nila kung sino-sino (the unvaccinated) at na-i-re-report naman sa atin. The Philippines’ goal is to administer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to 72..16 million adult Filipinos. Hindi puwedeng i-force ‘yung bakuna sa ating mga kababayan (They are really scouring. Ang katawang ito po ay bigay ng Diyos.

To hit this target, the government plans to “concentrate on boostering” at NCR+10 and other areas with at least 70% of the population vaccinated. NCR+10 refers to Metro Manila and previously identified priority areas – Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio, Zamboanga, Dumaguete, Tuguegarao, General Santos, Naga, and Legazpi. It is very hard to convince them. Mega vaccination centers will also be dedicated “primarily” to boostering while primary series vaccination will be done through “barangay to barangay” and “house to house.” Thus far, over 4. Cua noted that there is a certain percentage of the population that is not comfortable with the vaccine due to either religious or medical reasons, those are the general excuses that they are telling the barangay officials.76 million Filipinos have gotten their booster shots for COVID-19, with average of 267,900 booster doses administered daily.) ADVERTISEMENT “Parang awa niyo na po.

The country needs to nearly double that – to at least half a million boosters daily – in order to hit its target of 72. “Pero at least na-i-identify kung sino-sino ito (unvaccinated) ang strategy natin.16 million inoculated. The government wants 90 million Filipinos vaccinated by the end of June 2022. Puwede sila magtanong, puwedeng malaman ang updates sa bakuna at effectivity nito (But at least the unvaccinated is being identified, that’s the strategy. The country is currently dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases, driven partly by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. On the day of the Cabinet meeting, the country tallied 37,070 new confirmed cases. They can inquire, they can ask for updates about the vaccine and efficacy),’’ Cua noted. Don’t make rash actions against our countrymen.

Active cases in the country as of January 17 were at 290,938. – Rappler. As mandated by local ordinances, the DILG ordered the barangay officials to make an inventory of the unvaccinated persons in their community, a move that was shrouded with controversy due to the perceived violation to the right to privacy.com Bea Cupin Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler. As of Jan. .