DOLE to hire additional data encoders for COVID-19 vaccination program

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021   •   571


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday announced that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is in the process of hiring additional data encoders for the COVID-19 vaccination program of the government.

DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the DOLE will open an internship program to train and hire data encoders that will be deployed to the local government units.

The DOLE will initially open 100 slots for data encoders for the LGUs in the National Capital Region that need additional manpower.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology has earlier cited the insufficient number of data encoders as the reason for the delay in the release of digital vaccination certificates.

“Kasi nga po habang tumataas yung ating vaccination we need more encoders to be encoding the vaccination list na pinadala sa DICT at DOH. So, nakipag-ugnayan po tayo sa Department of Labor and Employment at ang maganda naman pong balita ay binuksan po ng DOLE ang kanilang government internship program para po makapag-hire tayo ng additional encoders,” said Malaya. —/mbmf

8 million people immunized vs COVID-19 in PH mass vaccination drive – NVOC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – At least 8 million individuals out of the 9 million target vaccinees were vaccinated against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the three-day mass vaccination drive, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Friday.

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, who chairs the NVOC, said a total of 2,709,344 COVID-19 shots were administered on the first day of the campaign; 2,475,479 on day 2; and 2,829,928 on Wednesday.

Based on current data, the running total of administered doses was at 8,014,751 as of 6 a.m. Friday.

Cabotaje said the figure is expected to increase when reports from local government units come in.

The NVOC chair said the top performing regions in terms of the number of jabs administered were Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Central Visayas.

“Together, they have accounted for about a third of the 8 million jabs that have been produced during the three days,” she said in a televised public briefing.

Provinces with the highest vaccination outputs during the three-day drive were Cebu, Negros Occidental, and Cavite.

Authorities initially aimed to inoculate at least 9 million individuals during the three-day vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

The vaccination program has been extended until Friday.

Another round of nationwide immunization against COVID-19 will be held from December 15 to 17.

PNP chief orders probe on COVID-19 vax drive sabotage

Maris Federez   •   August 8, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar has ordered the investigation into the alleged sabotage of the COVID-19 vaccination program in some parts of Metro Manila through fake news dissemination.

In a statement released on Sunday (August 8), the PNP said that circulated wrong and malicious information on social media have caused massive crowds to rush to the vaccination centers to get COVID-19 jabs.

The said fake news has alleged that unvaccinated persons would not be allowed to go outside and would not receive cash aid while the National Capital Region is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“We are already looking into this and part of it is to trace the identity of the source of disinformation on vaccination being circulated on social media and text messages,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief reiterated that there is no order to prevent unvaccinated people from going out of their homes during the ECQ.

Eleazar added that Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año himself made the assurance earlier that qualified beneficiaries of the cash assistance in Metro Manila will be given the ‘ayuda’, regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

“Nais ko din magbigay ng paalala sa publiko na huwag basta-basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na impormasyon. Libre magtanong sa ating mga LGUs at mga ahensya. Maaari din tayong sumilip sa mga official websites ng mga government agencies at basahin ang mga announcements,” said Eleazar.

“Puwede din naman makibalita tayo sa mainstream media: sa TV, radyo o dyaryo.  Maraming nanamantala sa pandemya at nagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon para makapanggulo lang kaya dapat ay maging mapanuri tayo,” he added.

Philippines to reach 10 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs next week — Dizon

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is expecting to breach by next week the 10-million mark in its COVID-19 vaccination program, testing czar Vince Dizon said Thursday.

In a press briefing with Israeli medical experts, Dizon said the government is close to reaching the targeted 500,000 daily vaccination rate based on the reported doses administered nationwide.

He said that on Wednesday, the Philippines administered over 353,000 doses, the biggest recorded so far.

“The days where we are hitting less than 100,000 are behind us and I think that with the additional vaccine doses that are coming in… the number that we reached yesterday will only get higher in the coming weeks,” he said.

“Our target is 500,000 a day, national. We’re almost there,” he added.

Based on the vaccine statistics presented by Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje in the same briefing, the country has already administered over 9.2 million doses as of June 23.

She said 1.6 million individuals under the A1 or first priority group have been vaccinated – one million of them have completed two doses.

Cabotaje also said that 2 million of the 8 million targeted senior citizens and another 2 million of the 7 million persons with co-morbidities have been inoculated.

Among A4 or essential workers in the NCR Plus 8 areas, 642,709 have received their first dose while 8,623 have been fully vaccinated.

For indigents or A5, 110,934 have been given their first dose against COVID-19.

The national government earlier said it is eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.


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