Opav turns over vaccination manuals to Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Bohol

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THE Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) has turned over the Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Manual to local government units (LGUs) of Negros Oriental, Siquijor, and Bohol to serve as their guide for an orderly and efficient implementation of the community vaccination program.

Anthony Gerard "Jonji" Gonzales, Opav undersecretary, on behalf of Michael Lloyd Dino, Opav secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Visayas chief implementor General Mel Feliciano, visited the three provinces from April 21 to 23, 2021, to formally cascade the manual to help LGUs prepare their localities and rationalize their efforts for the upcoming community vaccination rollout.

Feliciano, in his message during the turnover of the Manual to Negros Oriental mayors, said this is a crucial step in the preparations for the massive rollout of vaccines to the general population.

He said LGUs must do the necessary preparations while the national government is ensuring vaccine availability for the general population.

“We have to be ready once the vaccines will arrive. We have to anticipate their arrival. We have to be ready in advance,” he told the municipal and city mayors.

The Vaccination Manual is a collaborative effort of Opav, the IATF Visayas and the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas, with the support of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Visayas.

The manual, anchored on the National Vaccination Plan, provides strategies and guidelines to better organize the vaccination at the LGU level.

The Opav, DOH-Central Visayas and IATF teams first cascaded the Manual in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental on April 21; Siquijor province on April 22; and in Bohol on April 23.

Aside from the formal turnover of the Manual, Gonzales, Feliciano and DOH-Central Visayas chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche also conducted a meeting-forum with the mayors of the three provinces.

The forum aimed to streamline the vaccination process of the LGUs to ensure uniformity and coordination in each town, city, and province in Central Visayas.

Feliciano said the vaccination process is an “LGU implementation.”

He said the systems and processes developed in the manual are designed for use of LGUs to guide them in their respective vaccination rollout.

The Visayas Vaccination Manual was piloted in Mandaue City, the first city in Cebu and Visayas to implement community vaccination. It was also introduced to Cebu Province.

After the successful pilot vaccination rollout, Mandaue is now considered a model city for other localities in the Visayas for community vaccination.

The Mandaue local government followed the Visayas Vaccination guideline handbook for the establishment of its vaccination sites.

Mandaue is home to the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center Headquarters, located at Oakridge Business Park. The center is a centralized hub for the implementation of the national government’s vaccination program in the region.

Dino earlier urged the rest of Cebu mayors to use the manual.

He also urged the public to have themselves vaccinated while following the approved prioritization framework of the vacciation. (WBS with PR)