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Health department ‘reorients’ vaccinators after gaffes; 4,509 additional cases logged

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Aware of the rising number of viral videos about recipients who may have failed to receive the proper dose of Covid-19 vaccine in some vaccination centers, the Department of Health (DOH) has assured that the National Covid-19 Vaccine Operation Cluster has conducted a “reorientation” on the Covid-19 inoculation administration protocols to regional and local vaccination teams in the country.

Patuloy po nating binabantayan at tinitingnan ang mga reports ng mga indibidwal na hindi nakakuha ng dose ng bakuna ng maayos. Ang hiling po namin ay tayo po ay maging mas maunawain sa ating mga [We continue to look into these reports and reach out to the said recipients and are given immediate assistance. We are asking the public to be more understanding of our] health-care workers, let’s not crucify them. Tayo pong lahat ay magtulungan upang mas maisaayos pa ang ating vaccination protocols [Let us help each other to improve our vaccination protocols],” said Undersecretary for Health Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The DOH also reminded vaccinators to exercise due diligence in the vaccination process—take extra care and attention during the inoculation process.

Likewise, the DOH, through the Centers for Health and Development (CHDs), is investigating incidents in coordination with local government units (LGUs) concerned.

To avoid more incidents of vaccinators failing to administer the proper dose, Vergeire suggested to LGUs to deck vaccinators every 8 hours to minimize fatigue and ensure quality of service and have a vaccinator aide to assist and lessen the work of the vaccinator.

In the end, the DOH urged the public to be proactive in making sure to get the jab.

“While the vaccination is a whole of government approach, everyone should work together to ensure that the country achieves its end goal to protect all Filipinos,” the DOH official added.

Covid cases

AS of 4 p.m. of June 30, a total of 4,509 additional Covid-19 cases were logged, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,412,559.

There were 5,839 recoveries and 105 deaths.

Of the total number of infections, 3.4 percent (48,649) are active cases, 94.8 percent (1,339,248) have recovered, 1.75 percent (24,662) have died.

Seven duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 5 are recoveries.

In addition, 1 case was found to have tested negative and has been removed from the total case count and has been reclassified as recovery.

Moreover, 49 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on June 28, 2021 but 6 were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Based on data in the last 14 days, the 6 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.6 percent of samples tested and 2.2 percent of positive individuals.

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