QUEZON CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- Muntinlupa City government added 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as part of an earlier tripartite agreement with the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines.
Earlier, Muntinlupa secured 100,000 doses to initially inoculate residents in high priority groups.
According to Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, the augmentation is part agreement under the national government's vaccination plan.
Fresnedi said the Department of Health will continue to provide additional vaccines for the inoculation of the rest of Muntinlupa residents.
Muntinlupa earmarked a 170 million pesos initial budget for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines once they are available and approved for use in the country.
Meanwhile, Dra. Maria Rochelle Abat, National Immunization Program Coordinator for COVID-19 in Muntinlupa said there are 28 health workers from the City Health Office are now trained for vaccine administration.
"Their training was facilitated by UNICEF, World Health Organization, and Department of Health last January 12-13," Abat said.
The training include vaccine administration, managing the side effects of the vaccine, vaccine storage and handling practices, health communication, and waste management.
Abat said, training of other health workers from Ospital ng Muntinlupa, including frontliners from local private hospitals and clinics, is still ongoing.
Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) prepares for the operational logistics of the vaccination program and will be purchasing storage equipment for the vaccines.
CHO is also coordinating with local storage rental facilities in the city for the cold chain management of vaccines needing special storage requirements.
The local government is set to launch an information campaign to raise awareness and provide clarification on the immunization program.
An online survey on the COVID-19 vaccine in Muntinlupa is currently being conducted by the Management Information System Office and the Public Information Office. (PIO Muntinlupa/PIA-NCR)