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DOH lauds Mandaluyong's preparations on vaccine rollout 

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Mandaluyong City's preparations for the looming vaccine rollout in the country was described by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III as impressive, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

During the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic's (CODE) team visit to the city on Friday, Duque said the city could further strengthen this vaccination plan by running multiple simulations to narrow the gap before the actual date of inoculations.

"I am very impressed by the quality, the comprehensiveness, the preparation, ngunit ito po like (but like) most other plans they can always be excellent on paper but may kasabihan na (we have this saying that) the proof of the pudding is in the eating so it is actually in the execution that the true measure of the success of your plan can be gauged," he said.

Mandaluyong is implementing a registration system that would use unique QR (quick response) codes, which an individual would present at designated centers. At the site, the individual would undergo a vaccine counseling session, after which, he/she will be examined by medical personnel before the actual inoculation.

According to the Mandaluyong City Health Office, school grounds would be used as vaccine operation centers, with dedicated waiting rooms to monitor those who are given shots for any adverse reactions.

Meanwhile, Duque underscored the importance of boosting public trust and confidence in Covid-19 vaccines.

"Dapat tugunan pa rin ang agam agam ng tao o public's doubt on the quality and safety and efficacy of our vaccines 'yan ay napakahalaga (The city government must also focus on allaying fears on the quality and safety and efficacy of our vaccines, this is very important)," he said.

Citing surveys conducted during town hall meetings he has attended, Duque said about 70 to 90 percent of health workers want to get vaccinated, however, the number is much lower among the general public pegged only at around 50 percent.

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