Manila LGU holds COVID-19 mass vaccination simulation exercise for senior citizens

Manila LGU holds COVID-19 mass vaccination simulation exercise for senior citizens

MANILA — The City Government of Manila has on Thursday conducted a COVID-19 mass vaccination simulation activity for senior citizens at the Legarda Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila.

About 100 senior citizens who live in nearby communities took part in the said activity.

According to Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan, the simulation exercise aims to let senior citizens know more about the city’s COVID-19 vaccination process as they are included in the national government’s priority sectors to be vaccinated.

“Alam naman po natin after ng mga frontliners, healthcare workers susunod po nating babakunahan yung ating mga senior citizens. So minarapat po ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila sa bilin po ni Mayor Isko Moreno at Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna na magsagawa po kami ng simulation exercise, kasi ibang sektor po ito so ibang challenge po ito sa atin,” Dr. Pangan said.

“Para naman po makita natin kung ano yung magiging problema at kung anong mga adjustments yung gagawin natin. Sa Maynila po kasi meron tayong nasa 157,000 plus na senior citizens pero hindi naman lahat ay willing magpabakuna,” he added.

Dr. Pangan also noted that senior citizens who have a hard time walking, reading or speaking will be accompanied by medical frontliners from MHD until they finish the entire vaccination process.

“We are doing this simulation exercise for our medical frontliners as well. Sila ang gagabay sa ating mga seniors kapag nangailangan sila ng assistance. We have to know kung anu-anong mga issues yung puwede nating maranasan kapag magpapabakuna ang mga senior citizens. At the same time, we have to know how these concerns can be resolved,” the Manila City Health Officer said.

Meanwhile, the following steps were followed during the simulation.

If the patient is pre-registered:

  1. Checking of Vital Signs
  2. Screening and Verification
  3. Vaccination Proper
  4. Holding Area for Observation

If the patient will undergo walk-in registration:

  1. Checking of Vital Signs
  2. Walk-In Registration
  3. Screening and Verification
  4. Vaccination Proper
  5. Holding Area for Observation

Also present in the activity were Assistant to the City Health Officer Dr. Ed Santos, Manila Barangay Bureau Director Romeo Bagay and Liga ng mga Barangay President Councilor Lei Lacuna.

To recall, the City of Manila was able to hold successful COVID-19 vaccination exercises since January in line with Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah ‘Honey’ Lacuna-Pangan’s plan to make the vaccination process more efficient for both pre-registered and non-registered patients.

The Manila LGU also established hotlines for Manila City residents who have questions about the vaccination program after the creation of the Manila COVID-19 Vaccine Action Center. (AI/MTVN/Kiara Ibanez)

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