MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health called on local government units to limit the number of walk-ins who will be accommodated in COVID-19 vaccination centers to prevent people from swarming sites.
In a briefing Friday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said local governments are not discouraged from putting up walk-in lanes “if these can help.”
Quick substitution list
Vergeire also reminded local governments to use their quick substitution list, which includes the names of people who can get COVID-19 vaccines in case individuals scheduled to receive jabs do not show up.
The health official issued the reminder as she warned that not prioritizing the top three priority groups—health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities—may jeopardize the future vaccine supplies of the country from the COVAX facility.
“Please use your quick substitution list. The quick substitution list should also include the A1 to A3 individuals so that we don’t jump to other sectors… We vaccinate our vulnerable sectors first,” Vergeire said.
More than 786,000 people have been fully vaccinated in the country, still far from the government’s target of inoculating 58 million to achieve herd immunity. Meanwhile, 2.5 million have received their first dose.
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