Pblic-private partnership in Cebu cited as vax ‘pilot template’

Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino on Tuesday said collaboration between the government and the private sector is vital in implementing a successful vaccination program and to enable faster economic recovery in the Visayas.

Dino said the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has developed a public-private partnership (PPP) system for Cebu that will serve as a “pilot template” for other provinces for more efficient inoculation procedures, “especially those that that are still under strict community quarantine”.

OPAV, along with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF), Department of Health (DOH-7), the Project Balik Buhay and private companies signed on Monday a collaboration agreement to provide free vaccines to the people.

“The template fosters collaboration between the government, both national and local, and the private companies who are offering their facilities as venues for vaccination. And that’s for free,” Dino told the Philippine News Agency in an interview.

He said around 20 private venues in malls and hotels will be provided by the private sector for Cebu residents’ easy access to the vaccines once they are available for all the priority sectors based on the inoculation framework.

He said some private companies are also purchasing vaccines for their employees.

Those who signed a memorandum of agreement with OPAV are Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctors Hospital Group, Visayas Community Medical Center, Mendero Medical Center, UCMed, ARC Hospitals, Belmont One, SM Group, Robinsons Land Corp., Toyota Team Cebu, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Visayan Electric, Archdiocese of Cebu, Sacred Heart School and the University of San Carlos.

The other vaccination medical partners include Cebu Velez General Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital, St. Vincent General Hospital, UP Medical Alumni Society, LH Foundation Inc., and Bayanihan Cebu.

As agreed, the government will help the companies understand the inoculation protocols.

With this partnership, Dino said, the vaccines will be administered right away to the intended recipients based on the priority framework once they arrive in Cebu to avoid spoilage or having the anti-Covid-19 shots overstored at the DOH cold chain facility.

More vaccines for Cebu

A total of 7,200 doses of CoronaVac vaccines arrived in Cebu on Tuesday.

Because of this additional number, the Central Visayas region now has a total of 119,760 comprising 89,670 doses made by China’s Sinovac and 30,000 from AstraZeneca.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist and regional Covid-19 spokesperson, said around 59,962 healthcare workers who are registered under the A1 priority group have been inoculated as of Monday.

“We still need to vaccinate 57,531 individuals,” she said in a briefing at the Visayas Vaccines Operations Center (VVOC) in Mandaue City.

The additional vaccines that arrived Tuesday are part of the total 1.4 million doses of Sinovac vaccines that have arrived in the country, she noted.

On Monday afternoon, President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed the arrival of one million doses of Sinovac Biotech vaccines at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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