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.
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