PILI, Camarines Sur, March 8 (PIA) -- In anticipation of the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine any time soon, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur conducted its COVID-19 Vaccination Activity Simulation Exercise at 10:00AM, March 5, Friday, at the Capitol Complex's Emergency Operation Center, Cadlan, here.
No less than Camarines Sur Governor Miguel "Migz" Villafuerte led the activity organized by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDDRMO).
"We are proud that we are the first provincial LGU in the region that conducted this kind of simulation exercise. We want everyone to know that CamSur is ready. We also like to ensure that the flow is perfect -from the arrival, transport, the process that those who want to get vaccinated have to go through up to the distribution to our constituents should the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available," Villafuerte said.
The exercise has three (3) scenarios: first, the simulation of the formal turn-over of the vaccines to the provincial government; second, the governor will pass through the 5 stations of the COVID-19 vaccination activity; and the third, the vaccine storage and handling.
The first scenario was the simulation of the formal turn-over of the vaccines to the Provincial government. Here, vaccines were transported to the Provincial Cold Chain storage and was received by Gov. Villafuerte, Regional NIP Coordinator Dr. Monrey Isaiah Mancilla, Provincial DOH Officer Dr. Rey Millena, and PHO Cam Sur Public Chief Officer, Dr. Joseph Paris Go.
After the vaccines have been received, the "vaccination process" started, with Gov. Villafuerte passing thru the 5 stations or phases before the actual vaccination occur. The 1st station served as the waiting and counselling area where the recipient of the vaccine will be given talks on the advantages of getting vaccinated. The 2nd station, is the Registration area.
The crucial part is the Screening process in the 3rd station. Here, the one in charge will explain the vaccine's contraindications, the possible implication to people with underlying health issues, previous infections and the age group that need to be vaccinated.
Once they pass the 3rd station, they will proceed to the 4th station which is the vaccination proper. The last phase, the 5th station, is the post-vaccine area where the one who received the vaccine shall wait for 30 minutes to one hour to observe if there are any adverse effects or any allergic reactions on his body.
A medical team comprised of a doctor and nurses will be on a standby in the Advance Medical Post to provide medical attention to those who might have experienced untoward reactions to the vaccine. Ambulances will be ready within the vicinity if there is a need to transport the vaccinee in the hospital.
The third simulation scenario involved the LGUs that will receive the vaccine, namely: the municipalities of Canaman, Libmanan, Nabua, Garchitorena and Del Gallego. In this exercise, the focus is on the storage and handling of the vaccines from the provincial government to the said municipalities. In this scenario, the chief executives of the five towns were accompanied by the PNP and AFP at the EOC clinic where they will receive their allocated vaccines.
Gov. Villafuerte said that a budget has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccines and that they are just waiting for further instructions and details as for the freezing rates needed for the coming vaccine.
Asked if he intends to be the first one to be inoculated once the vaccine arrives, Gov. Villafuerte said that he intends to be the last one as he wish to give the slot to the frontliners and to the most vulnerable who needs the vaccine protection more than he needs it.
"If you are going to ask me as the Governor of the province, I wish to be the last one to receive the vaccine. Why? I'm only 32 years old. There are more sectors and individuals who need to be prioritized - the senior citizens, the immuno-compromised. But if they are going to invite me to be the first one to be inoculated for my constituents to have more confidence and enjoin them to be vaccinated, then I will go first," the governor explained.
Villafuerte added that the medical team and other frontliners who were on 24/7 active duty during the pandemic until now, should also be the one to be prioritized.
"Cam Sur is ready for the vaccine. As your governor, in behalf of the people of the province, I would like to thank all the medical front liners who were on the lead of this battle, for their sacrifices, dedication and tenacity. We are forever thankful for their service to fight the COVID-19 pandemic," Villafuerte added.
Other agencies who supported the event thru their participation include: the Department of Health (DOH), Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Forced of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dept. of Social Welfare and Devt. (DSWD), and Dept. of Education (DepED). (ACarinan/BRivera, PIA5/Camarines Sur, with reports from JMasagca-PGO)