Health dept. wants supervisors in COVID-19 vaccination sites

By CNN Philippines Staff

Supervisors were sought to be present in COVID-19 vaccination centers in the wake of reported mistakes in administering shots, a Health official said on Saturday.

“We have recommended na kailangan talagang mayroong isang supervisor within a vaccination site checking on all the stations … para makita po natin ng maayos ang naisasagawa nating mga proseso,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: We have recommended that there must be a supervisor within the vaccination site checking on all the stations to see if inoculations are being done appropriately.]

Early this week, the Department of Health confirmed the viral video showing that a volunteer nurse in one of the vaccination sites in Makati City failed to press the syringe plunger into the arm of the vaccine recipient. This process, which comes after the needle insertion, is needed to release the syringe contents. Similar incidents were reported in other parts of Metro Manila.

Vergeire said vaccinators should only work for a maximum of eight hours to prevent fatigue and “minimize errors.”

She added that the government is retraining health care workers administering shots to prevent lapses.

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