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116,000 healthcare workers in NCR now in vaccine master list

Feb 5, 2021

AT LEAST 116,000 healthcare workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now entered in the master list for the anti-coronavirus vaccination program, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
In a virtual press briefing, DOH – Covid-19 Surveillance and Quick Action Unit deputy chief Razel Nikka Hao said the list still has to be finalized as the hospitals are not done profiling their personnel.
“The hospitals are still going through the process of going through each of their staff, who have comorbidities or who have exclusions,” said Hao.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said it is necessary to complete the master list in Metro Manila because the healthcare workers there are first in the prioritization list of vaccine recipients.
“Based on the criteria, the burden of disease finds the NCR as the topmost. It is the number one in cases, that’s why it was identified as priority,” said Vergeire.
“Also, in the criteria of readiness in storage capacity being fulfilled, it would be the NCR that is most ready for this kind of vaccine,” she furthered.
Healthcare workers are at the top of the priority list.
Substitution list
With some vaccine beneficiaries possibly backing out, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged local government units (LGUs) to also come up with a list of substitute recipients.
According to Duque, having a quick substitution list (QSL) would minimize or avoid vaccine wastage.
“We have a shortage (of vaccines) so we have to be very careful that the vaccines aren’t wasted,” said Duque.
As for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Vergeire said only those who have yet to get immunized shall be entitled to receive the vaccine in the country.
OFWs are included in the priority list, considering they frequently travel.
“If they have already been immunized abroad, they won’t be inoculated again. We will just be monitoring them,” said Vergeire.
“Since OFWs are the ones going in and out of the country to work, then they are part of our priorities,” said Vergeire. (HDT / SunStar Philippines)