THE Clark International Airport (CRK), in partnership with four medical centers, is set to establish a Covid-19 vaccination center for Filipinos.

With the airport’s newly-built terminal set to be launched in July, selected areas in the old terminal will be utilized for mass vaccine rollout in the country.

Luzon International Premier Airport Development (Lipad), operator and manager of Clark International Airport, signed the cooperation contracts with four medical groups for the conduct of vaccination at the old airport terminal on July 1.

Lipad will serve as the facility manager for the vaccination process.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Medical Center, Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory, PRI Medical Center and the Medical City Clark are the medical partners.

The hospitals agreed to provide services to ensure that medical professionals will be present to administer the vaccines and to handle other issues such as medical waste disposal.

Lipad will handle crowd control at the vaccination site to ensure that vaccinees comply with protocols, such as the proper wearing of face masks and shields and the practice of social distancing.

Lipad personnel will process the vaccinees at the reception area upon presentation of their quick response (QR) codes or patient identification cards for validation.

Signing the contract were Lipad Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bi Yong Chungunco, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr. Carmela Briones of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Medical Center, COO Dr. Mickey Gonzaga of the Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory, COO Dr. Pio Rafael Lim of the PRI Medical Center, and President and CEO Dr. Amario G. Jabson of The Medical City Clark, Inc.

Chungunco said Clark International Airport is committed to assisting the government’s drive to accelerate the vaccination roll-out in our country.

"The big and open spaces at the old terminal are appropriate for a vaccination site. Lipad’s participation is among its contributions to curb the pandemic and to help fast track the revival of the economy and the travel industry," she said.

The local government unit (LGU) of Mabalacat, Angeles, Pampanga, through their respective health offices, are responsible for monitoring and supervising the CRK Vaccination Center.

In coordination with the Department of Health-Central Visayas and Mabalacat LGU, the CRK vaccination team underwent training on vaccine handling and Cold Chain Management.