Municipal Health Officer Antonette Agpas said that as preparation is different from the regular vaccination programs of the government, series of orientations and meetings were held in ironing out the plans for the bigger scenario when all the vaccines will be available for the target population.
The Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force has identified three major vaccination fixed sites, the Benguet State University open and closed gymnasium, Benguet Sports Complex including a building of the Benguet National High School and the Puguis Elementary School.
Agpas encouraged the registration of eligible population in order to reach their target of 60-70 percent of population which is crucial for the master listing of who will be vaccinated based on the categories of priority listings.
At least 70 percent of the population should be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to minimize the risk of getting infected, she said.
Under Priority Eligible A are A.1) frontline healthworkers in health facilities; A.2) senior citizens; A.3) with comorbidities; A.4) frontline personnel in essential sectors, and A.5) poor population based on the National Health Targetting System (NHTS).
Second in line under Priority Eligible B are B.1) teachers, social workers; B.2) other government workers; B.3) socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and poor population based on NHTS; B.4) Overseas Filipino Workers, and B.5) other remaining workforce.
Agpas stressed the importance of master listing of the eligible population for their date of scheduling and the respective site where they could be administered the vaccine. As much as possible walk-in patients are discouraged as there are relevant information needed in the master list prior to undergoing the vaccination process
Mayor Romeo Salda in a Kapihan forum called on those who have not registered yet to do so to be included in the vaccination master list.
Eligible population may register either manually or online which could be accessed at the facebook page of the municipality.
In partnership with some agencies, master listing is ongoing at the barangay level through house-to-house, fixed site as identified in the barangay, distribution of forms to offices and establishments, and through online.
The municipal government would be allotting P27 million for the town’s vaccination deployment program including the purchase of vaccines, but the Sangguniang Bayan is yet to approve the funding under supplemental budget appropriation, according to Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)
By Susan C. Aro