MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): The government will roll out Covid-19 vaccination in select pharmacies from Jan 20 to 21, testing czar Vince Dizon announced.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s address to the nation aired on Tuesday (Jan 18), Dizon said that the programme is called Resbakuna sa mga Botika, which will start with seven participating drugstores.
“We will now start with seven pharmacies in Metro Manila which we will launch on Thursday, Jan 20 and on Friday, Jan 21,” he said.
“It will be fast, Mr President. After we launch, they will have a pilot run for a week, we will expand it to other cities all over the country — Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao — and other pharmacies,” added Dizon, also the deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19.
According to Dizon, the move is to address the lack of health workers, including vaccinators, due to the rapid Covid-19 transmission since the last week of December 2021.
“Sec Charlie, Sec Duque, and I noticed that in the past weeks, when we entered 2022, we needed to act fast to address and respond to this big challenge because many vaccinators were ill so we moved quickly to talk to our big pharmacies,” he shared.
Dizon said that they have talked to Mercury Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, Southstar Drug, Generika, and other clinics like Healthway at QualiMed.
“We would like to thank them because they responded immediately to the call of the national government,” he said.
The testing czar noted that their partnership with pharmacies and clinics will augment the lack in personnel and will decentralise vaccination.