Walk-ins At Vaccination Sites Not Allowed During ECQ — DOH

Walk-ins at vaccination sites were not allowed during ECQ, according to DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) said that walk-ins will not be allowed in COVID-19 vaccination sites during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in order to avoid mass gatherings.

Walk-ins at vaccination sites were not allowed during ECQ, according to DOH
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In an online forum last August 2, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that there will be pre-registration and there will be strict scheduling in order to avoid mass gathering in COVID-19 vaccination sites.

According to Vergeire, local government units (LGUs) were also encouraged to provide transportation to vaccinees. Vergeire also said that COVID-19 vaccination sites should be spacious, have adequate ventilation, and implement health protocols.

The Department of Health also urged local government units to make COVID-19 vaccines available even to those not from their areas in accordance to the “no wrong door” policy.

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Meantime, the DOH was mulling to expand the NCR COVID-19 vaccination program to other sectors in order to cover more people.

For NCR LGUs, we may be expanding to other sectors in order to reach that immunity that we want to have in the epicenter here in the NCR,” Vergeire said, adding that this will depend on the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that will be arriving.

However, Vergeire reminded local government units to still prioritize A1 to A3 — frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens, and those with comorbidity — as they have bigger chances of having COVID-19 and get hospitalized.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed National Capital Region (NCR) under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.

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