Press Release/4 February 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday concluded another vaccination training for health workers for the forthcoming Covid-19 vaccines which is due to arrive on the last month of the first quarter this year.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that all health workers involved in the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination must have adequate knowledge and skills for them to ensure a safe and efficient vaccine administration once the vaccines will be distributed at the local level.

“Our health workers play critical roles in the proper vaccine storage, handling, preparation, and administration, and they must be prepared to answer vaccine recipients’ questions and concerns in the field.”

“Kailangang lahat tayo ay handa lalo na ang ating mga local government units pagdating ng mga bakuna upang maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng misinformation and ma-address natin ang vaccine hesitancy sa mga target recipients.”

“Every health human resource including vaccinators and support staff, logistics, funds, supplies must be prepared and most important yung coordination ng lahat ng LGUs at stakeholders dapat alam ang kanilang gagawin. Everyone involved in the vaccination activity must know how to advocate the vaccination program,” he added.

The Short Course Training on Covid-19 Vaccination for health workers was developed for frontline health workers which consists of several modules including video lectures and downloadable presentations. Updates and timely information about vaccine selection, evaluation, procurement and deployment were also discussed.

The training also served as a platform to clarify and discuss the questions surrounding vaccines.

The regional office started the scheduled on-line trainings last month which were attended by various provincial and municipal health officers, rural health physicians, national immunization program coordinators, supply and logistics officers, and local epidemiology and surveillance officers, health promotion officers, information officers including Department of Education personnel.

“We have already directed health workers at the local level to begin profiling the residents of their community to determine those who have health issues, those willing to receive the vaccine and those who are still undecided.”

“Sa list na ito tayo magbabase kung sino ang mga bibigyan ng bakuna. At napakaimportante na maibahagi at maipaunawa sa ating mga kababayan na ligtas gamitin ang bakuna na ito at ito lamang ang makakapgbigay ng kaligtasan laban sa Covid-19,” he said. 

“Our target is to have at least 80% of the target population vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity against the Covid virus. I encourage everyone to trust our governments efforts in protecting the lives of our people through proper vaccination. We need to end this pandemic and go back to our normal lives again, safe and secure.”

“And the only way to protect ourself and our family is to have ourselves vaccinated against Covid-19,” Janairo emphasized.