The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) continues to conduct short-course training on COVID-19 vaccination for health workers.
Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that all health workers must have proper knowledge and skills to ensure a safe and efficient vaccine administration once the vaccines will be distributed to 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 at ma-address natin ang vaccine hesitancy sa mga target recipients.”
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.” Janairo added.
The training also served as a platform to clarify and discuss the questions surrounding vaccines.
Several modules including video lectures and downloadable presentations are available.
Updates and timely information about vaccine selection, evaluation, procurement and deployment were also discussed.