Pasig, pioneering LGU with approved vaccine plan

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: Mayor Vico Sotto/PASIG LGU

Pasig City is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to have an approved vaccination plan, Mayor Vico Sotto announced Tuesday. 

"I was told that Pasig is the First LGU with a DOH (Department of Health)/WHO (World Health Organization)-approved vaccination plan!!" Sotto announced through a tweet.

"Our LGU's Beat Covid-19 Task Force will continue to work with our national government agencies, WHO, private medical institutions, and NGOs. They've been with us every step of the way," the city mayor added 

Sotto made the announcement after meeting with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr and testing czar Vince Dizon.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier announced that it has tapped Pasig City to be its pilot area for COVID-19 initiatives such as the vaccine rollout, as it was prepared ahead of other LGUs.

Sotto said, "they should be ready and we will be ready" as field and full scale simulation exercises are set to be conducted in the city. 

In its shared vaccine plan to the public via slide presentation, the plan is divided into 3 phases: pre-vaccination, vaccination, and post-vaccination.

Pre-vaccination – the most detailed of the phases – consisted of an account of all its health workers, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, the police force, and indigents as priority recipients for the inoculation of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

A total of 16 vaccination sites will be allotted by the local government, with 3 teams per site and aims to inoculate over 33,000 people per week.

The pre-vaccination phase also included an audit of supplies, a transportation plan to most effectively distribute them, and a communication plan to campaign for vaccination.

Pasig Pass, the city’s contact tracing app and health management information system will also serve as vaccination records of every individual to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The vaccination phase is comprised of floor plans of the vaccination sites, the step-by-step process that a person getting vaccinated goes through, and an emergency response plan.

The post-vaccination stage consists of monitoring vaccinated people, listening to feedback, and a continuation of the communications plan to make announcements to the public.

Last week, Mayor Vico also announced that around 5,600 daily doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out by the local government of Pasig City. 

“Target yan per day, mga verified na yan, willing na po magpabakuna. Target po natin is 70% (Pasigueños), around 700,000 it depends on the validation of the list,” Sotto told reporters during an ambush interview at the Tanghalan Pasigueño, Wednesday.

Pasig had already placed an order with Oxford-AstraZeneca but Sotto assures the city is ready for any type of vaccine that may arrive first in the country.

Last week, 250 vaccinators have started their training in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.