TESDA - CAR Regional Director Dante Navarro with Mountain Province Provincial Director Alvin Yturralde, in a recent Kapihan sa Baguio media forum for TESDA program updates especially on scholarships and training programs. (CCD/PIA CAR)

PDEA - CAR Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro reports the 2nd quarter accomplishments on the campaign against illegal drugs in the Cordillera Region. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DOH calls for vax contingency plan as LGUs' risk levels rise

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Department of Health advises provincial/city vaccination operations centers to be ready with their contingency plan as the rising COVID – 19 risk and response alert levels may affect the vaccination activities in the communities.


DOH – Cordillera  Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in the Aug. 24 Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) meeting,    outlined that as the daily cases of COVID-19  reaching an all time high breaching  the 18,000 mark. it is  important that the national vaccination program reaches  more eligible population especially in the high risk groups by maximizing the use of  available vaccines at the soonest possible time.

The Cordillera region is already at  high risk alert level and also under high risk in terms of health care utilization rate (HCUR), especially on isolation and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds , Pangilinan said.

Recent DOH – CAR data shows that Cordillera is under high level with an Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) of 12.9 and 2 – Week Growth Rate (2WGR) of 65 percent.

For the LGU response alert level, only Abra is under level 2  while Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province are on  alert level 4, the highest level  based  on high and/or increasing cases plus high utilization of healthcare capacity.

For the contingency plan, DOH – CAR Medical Officer III Dr. Anachris Kilakil  outlined the importance of local VOCs to plan ahead and look into the possible scenarios that may compromise vaccination activities  in terms of service delivery, human resources, demand generation and advocacy, as well as the integrity and safety of the vaccines.

Kilakil advised  local VOCs to remind local vaccination teams on the National VOC  Advisory No. 70 which contains the operational guidelines on the conduct of vaccination in areas under  Enhanced Community Quarantine.

She also advised the VOCs to look into the consistent observance of minimum public health standards and regular disinfection of equipment and vaccination areas, as well as strict monitoring of health care workers for possible signs and symptoms or impose a strategic testing of members of the vaccination teams.

Dr. Anachris Kilakil of DOH - CAR advises local VOCs to coordinate with other partners for possible augmentation of human resources for vaccination activities, as well as on provision of emergency transport system, (CCD/PIA CAR)

On vaccine allocation for Cordillera, Kilakil said  there are  80,200 doses of government procured Sinovac doses that are coming  and that each province  or  city will receive allocation. 

The country also expects the delivery of around 2 million Pfizer doses and 3 million Sinovac doses by the last week of August up to the middle of September, she added.

For the vaccination rollout in CAR,   a total of 528,856 doses of COVID – 19 vaccines were administered in the region, which include 260,929 partially vaccinated (first dose) and 267,927 fully vaccinated eligible population in the priority groups A1 to A5, based on the  August 22 RVOC  data. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito Dar



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