By Glen S. Ramos
SAN Fernando City, La Union — The National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) together with the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a Covid-19 Post-Introduction Evaluation in Ilocos Region I to further streamline the Covid-19 vaccination program in preparation for the planned transition to routine immunization including when and how often booster doses might be needed.
“Emerging coronavirus variants and the future use of Covid-19 booster shots must be well handled and coordinated including the implementation of strategies and activities that will improve the current Covid vaccination program,” Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco stated.
“As we expand the immunization campaign, we need to rapidly identify the challenges and immediately address these concerns for its improvement and provide valuable lessons for future vaccine introductions in the country.”
The Covid-19 Post-Introduction Evaluation activity specifically aims to 1) highlight best practices in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and implementation activities, 2) assess the impact of the vaccination deployment on the national routine immunization program and 3) underline the lessons learned during the vaccination days to strengthen the over-all national immunization program and health security of the country.
Among the provinces visited by the evaluation team were Ilocos Sur and La Union. (ai/mtvn)