A simulation led by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan was held at the Universidad de Manila (UDM) on Tuesday, in preparation for the rollout of the Manila city government’s vaccination program.
At the simulation, Domagoso and Manila Health Department (MHD) Acting City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan explained the step-by-step process that would be done once the vaccines finally arrive in the country and become ready to be administered to the Manila residents.
Meanwhile, Domagoso stressed that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine program of the city government is open to residents and non-residents.
“Manilans and non-Manilans, they can avail of the vaccination in Manila LGU once the vaccines arrive,” said Domagoso in a social media post.
Domagoso said the purpose of the said simulation is to know exactly how to deploy the vaccines and all the possible scenario that might be involved as well as the hitches that may occur in the process and how they can be remedied.
“We want to know the possible scenarios that can slow down, cause failure or mishandling of products. We simulate while waiting for the vaccines… to study the future problems,” Domagoso said.
The mayor also said they want to know exactly how effective the technology is they used, particularly the manilacovidvaccine.com, how it will be efficient for a pre-registered individual and the challenges of non-registered ones.
“We just want to get a feel of how to get vaccinated quickly and safely by government agencies, how it goes later on, what people expect, how long, what they should do, what they should do in the vaccination area,” Domagoso said.
The real-time processes will reflect who administered the vaccine, the lot number and brand of vaccine used and when, since these are important details for the IDs that will be given to those who have been vaccinated, he added.
Lacuna-Pangan said the time in motion study is expected to determine the problems that may be encountered only in terms of a small population.
City officials and even directors of the city-run hospitals, among them Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center chief Dr. Ted Martin, were also present to observe and get a feel of the vaccination program, as they also submitted themselves to the processes involved.
Under the processes established by the city, the first step would be a check of one’s vital signs like blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. From there, one would show his QR code if he is pre-registered and will be screened while his details will be verified for the ID system.
A separate area had been assigned for those not registered. From there, he will be vaccinated from where he will proceed to a designated area to observe for possible side effects.
Professional medical personnel and an ambulance will also be on standby for worst case scenario, although Domagoso assured that the vaccines that will be used are the only ones that have been certified as safe and efficient by national health authorities.