CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 15 (PIA)--The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Northern Mindanao has exceeded the 100 percent mark, hitting 107 percent vaccination utilization, which the Department of Health (DOH)-10 attributed it to the "three strengths" namely, intensified coordination, quick adjustment to the situation through quick substitution list and good logistics management.
This was revealed by Dr. Ian Christian Gonzales, cluster head of the Communicable Disease Cluster of DOH-10 during the recent episode of Talakayan sa PIA: COVID-19 Series.
"We have an intensified coordination with both private and public hospitals together with various local government units through their mayors and municipal or city health officers. As early as January when we learned that vaccines would be arriving on the first quarter, we already made our ground works," Dr. Gonzales said.
Also, to avoid the gap during the vaccination implementation, the DOH prepared a quick substitution list.
Gonzales said there were instances that vaccination rollout was deferred due to high blood pressure of target individuals and refusal to vaccines.
To fill in the gap, DOH-10 called nearby hospitals in the next batch so they can resume vaccination.
Gonzales said the region has also good logistics management [the third strength] in which transporting the vaccines and other commodities such as a syringe, alcohol, vaccination card as well as consent forms was fast and on time.
"We have a lot of logistical requirements and we need to know that the vaccines require special handling. The cold chain must be maintained so as not to damage the vaccines. That is the third strength that we have reaches," he added.
Aside from the "three-strengths," Gonzales also gave credit to the local government units, municipal/city health officers, and the hospital management both in private and public for their fast response to the vaccination rollout campaign of the DOH. The observance of minimal vaccine waste also contributed to the region's exemplary performance. (JAKA/PIA10)