TWENTY-EIGHT health workers under the Mandaluyong City Health Office and representatives from public and private hospitals in the city have already finished their online orientation under the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the COVID-19 vaccination program of the local government. They are now set to train other medical workers in the city to ensure that the administering of vaccines is safe and complies with the standards set by the DOH.
City Health Officer.Dr. Alex Sta. Maria said they will hold a two-day online training program, via Zoom meetings, this time for the 212 health workers in the city. The first batch of participants, composed of doctors, nurses and midwives, will be trained starting January 21. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and remaining health workers in the city will be trained on January 25 to 26.
According to Dr. May Villarina, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), all health workers set to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination will be taught about important information on the new vaccine, how it will be prepared, stored, and administered. The possible side effects of the vaccine to a person and how to deal with it will also be discussed in the training.
Dr. Villarina added that the COVID-19 vaccine information discussed in the training program is similar to the FAQs (frequently asked questions) infographics shared on the official facebook page of the city (www.facebook.com/MandaluyongPIO/).
Dr. Sta. Maria said this particular training is important since Mayor Menchie Abalos wants all health workers to be ready and capable once the vaccines are delivered to the city. “The directive of Mayor Menchie is for us to be prepared and to make this a worry-free vaccination program with the help of qualified and capable health workers of the city.“