DOH: WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OUR VACCINATION PROTOCOLS; LET’S NOT CRUCIFY OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Press Release | 30 June 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) today reminded the public to be more understanding of our health care workers and work together to improve our vaccination protocols.

The DOH explained that it is aware of more circulating videos of prospective vaccine recipients who failed to receive a proper dose of COVID-19. The Department, through the Centers for Health and Development (CHDs), is investigating the incidents in coordination with local government units (LGUs) concerned. Likewise, CHDs and LGUs are proactive in reaching out to the said recipients and are given immediate assistance.

“Patuloy po nating binabantayan at tinitingnan ang mga reports ng mga indibidwal na hindi nakakuha ng dose ng bakuna ng maayos. Ang hiling po namin ay tayo po ay maging mas maunawain sa ating mga healthcare workers, let’s not crucify them. Tayo pong lahat ay magtulungan upang mas maisaayos pa ang ating vaccination protocols,” said Undersecretary for Health Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire.

The National COVID-19 Vaccine Operation Cluster recently conducted a re-orientation on the COVID-19 vaccine administration protocols among regional and local vaccination teams in the country. Moreover, the Department reminded vaccinators to exercise due diligence in the vaccination process - take extra care and attention during the inoculation process.

To avoid more incidents of vaccinators failing to administer the proper dose, the DOH suggested LGUs to deck vaccinators every 8-hours to minimize fatigue and ensure quality of service and have a vaccinator aide to assist and lessen the work of the vaccinator.

In the end, the DOH urged the public to be proactive in making sure to get the jab. While the vaccination is a whole of government approach, everyone should work together to ensure that the country achieves its end goal to protect all Filipinos.