DOH: Master list of health workers to receive COVID vaccine out by Feb. 15

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  • Health care workers will be the first in line to receive the COVID vaccine
  • The masterlist will be finalized by February 15, says DOH
  • They will be followed by those also belonging to Group A or priority list like senior citizens, indigents and uniformed personnel

The Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday that the master list of all the health care workers set to first receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be finalized on the 15th of this month.

At the Laging Handa press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire emphasized that the preparation of a master list is an integral part of their data management especially when it comes to vaccine deployment.

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Master listing involves listing and determining the eligible population to guide operational planning, Vergeire explained, but due to the limited supply of vaccine globally, prioritization has to be done.

The Phase 1 of the government’s vaccination program includes frontline health workers in both public and private hospitals, and barangay health workers in Group A which is numbered more than 1.7 million.

The first step of profiling involves locating health and non-healthcare workers and their facilities. This is followed by consolidating all these information into one full data.

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“So, ito pong mga information na ito will be directly encoded to the COVID-19 electronic immunization registry (CEIR). Ito pong registry na ito ay naisagawa natin sa pakikipagtulungan ng Department of Health, with the Department of Information and Communication Technology or DICT,” Vergeire explained.

The official added there had been pre-submission of this master list and they are still waiting for the list from other facilities.

“But we are assured that bago mag-February 15 ay buo na po ang master list natin already for our vaccine implementation,” she said.

Uniformed personnel are in the priority list too| Image from Official Gazette

Meanwhile, among those who also belongs in the Group A aside from the 1,762,994 health workers are: 3,789,874 indigent senior citizens; 5,678,544 remaining senior citizens; 12,911,193 indigent population; and 525,523 uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection and Cafgu.

They are followed by Group B which include teachers; social workers; government workers; essential workers outside health, education, social welfare sectors including agriculture, food industry, transportation, tourism, manufacturing and construction, among others; special groups such as persons deprived of liberty, persons with disability and those living in high density areas; overseas Filipino workers and other remaining workforce.

The rest of the population will be in Group C and they will be vaccinated once the first two priority groups have been completed.