Ched, DOH to tap medical, nursing students for nationwide vax rollout

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GRADUATING students of medical courses will soon have a chance to help in the national government’s ongoing vaccination rollout.

This after the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and the Department of Health (DOH) issued a joint memorandum circular allowing post-graduate and undergraduate medical interns; clinical clerks, and fourth-year medicine and nursing students to serve as vaccinators in their areas as part of the National Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment and Vaccination Program.

These students can volunteer as health screeners, vaccinators, and pre/post vaccination watchers under the supervision of licensed physicians and nurses, Ched said in a statement.

“The government is now fast-tracking the vaccination rollout as more Covid-19 vaccines arrive in the country. Yesterday, and for the second time, the country breached the one million daily target for vaccination. As we increase the number of vaccination sites and increase daily targets, these additional vaccinators and support staff are critical to achieve herd immunity in the next two months,” Ched Chairman Prospero “Popoy” De Vera said in a press release over the weekend.

De Vera said the Ched has been pushing for school-based vaccination in all big private and public HEIs since October. So far, 61 HEIs are now functioning as vaccination centers all over the country.

“While more than one million college students have already been vaccinated, this is only about 30 percent of the target number. We need to rapidly vaccinate more students,” De Vera said.

De Vera said the post-graduate/undergraduate interns, clinical clerks and fourth year nursing students who will volunteer will be trained and supervised by health professionals.

Their volunteer work and completed number of hours will be credited in their internship and will be certified by the head of the vaccination team in the particular vaccination site where they rendered their services, De Vera added.

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