THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a memorandum directing all local government units (LGUs) to craft a vaccination plan against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Under DILG Memorandum No. 2021-007, a vaccination plan should contain the LGU’s risk communication and information campaign plans.
It should also include a master list of priority eligible vaccine recipients, and identify possible vaccine centers, available cold chain storage facilities and other logistical requirements.
It should also contain a master list of existing human resources and personnel needed for the vaccination program.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said there may be a reorganization of existing Emergency Operation Centers in LGUs to include a dedicated arm for vaccine concerns, mobilization of barangay personnel and other volunteers to assist in the preparation and actual vaccination, and, the participation of concerned offices and personnel such as LGU health offices, public information offices and sanitation offices.
He said LGUs must be in close coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection for necessary assistance.
Malaya also reminded LGUs that intend to procure their own vaccines to coordinate with the DOH and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 for a tripartite agreement as well as with their provincial government for the consolidation of all purchases. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)