Galvez urged the public to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Tuesday encouraged the public to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines.
During the Presidential press briefing last Tuesday, Galvez said that those who were expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may present any valid ID prior to vaccination.
Galvez also explained that the PhilHealth ID number was just one of the “unique identifiers” needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine and not a requirement for COVID-19 vaccination.
In addition, Galvez said that there will be no problem as long as there were pre-screening and pre-listing that could validate that they’re from the area.
“Puwede naman nilang gamitin iyong lahat ng mga puwedeng IDs po nila. Wala naman pong problema for as long as magkaroon tayo ng tinatawag na unang-unang prescreening and also iyong prelisting na at least maba-validate po na taga-doon po siya talaga; and then also iyong office ID po puwede po iyon,” Galvez said.
Galvez also said that local government units (LGUs) were currently conducting pre-registration and application so that vaccinees could undergo pre-listing and pre-screening.
He also encouraged the public to get pre-screened or to obtain early information from their respective local government units so that the COVID-19 vaccination can run smoothly.
Galvez’s statement came after PhilHealth President and CEO Dante A. Gierran said that they encouraged their members to know and keep their PhilHealth ID number (PIN) in order to prevent delays and problems during the vaccination.
PhilHealth also cited a Department of Health (DOH) memorandum which prescribed among others, that all potential vaccine recipients need to be registered using the “unique identifiers” such as the PhilHealth ID number.
In a report on GMA News Online, DOH Memorandum 2021-0099 provided that all potential vaccine recipients shall present any government-issued identification card such as PhilHealth ID, driving license, PRC license, UMID, and passport.
In case of the absence of government-issued identification card with picture, a person may present any government documents such as barangay certificate, cedula, and birth certificate.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified that a PhilHealth ID number was “not required” for COVID-19 vaccination as it was only required when claiming PhilHealth benefits in cases of adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
The Department of Health also said that over 700,000 individuals — including healthcare workers and some senior citizens — had been inoculated against COVID-19 since the Philippines started its mass vaccination program on March 1, 2021.