MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will issue a memorandum circular to fast track the conduct of mass inoculation once the COVID-19 vaccine supplies arrive in June.
According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the agency will require local government units (LGUs) to speed up the preparation of the masterlists of COVID vaccine recipients.
Año stressed that they want the registration process to be simpler with only vital information required in the form.
“The simpler the better. Mahirap iyong marami pang masyadong itinatanong at natatakot ang ating mamamayan sa pagrerehistro,” the official said.
In consideration to those who cannot access the registration online, Año said they are planning to utilize all platforms not only through social media but even apply the traditional method to make sure that the entire population will get vaccinated.
“Pagsasabayin natin ang traditional at social media based platforms sa pagrerehistro. Ang ating mga senior, mga mahihirap na kababayan ang iba dyan walang smartphone, walang WiFi, walang computer. Kaya gusto natin ay kasama din ang tradisyunal na pamamaraan,” the DILG Secretary noted.
To reach those in the remote areas and those without access to the internet, the DILG will send personnel to go from house to house and will assign specific teams to visit and assist the indigent population.
Also, an aggressive information campaign will be launched to boost vaccine confidence and LGUs will be required to provide free service vehicles that would ferry vaccine recipients to the vaccination sites.
Año encourages LGUs to be in partnership with the private sector, non-government and religious organizations as well as homeowners to allow their establishments to become vaccination sites to fast track the government’s vaccination program.
To date, Año said all 42,000 barangay health centers are now gearing up for the mass vaccination and a total of 25,994 LGUs have already submitted their respective vaccination plans.