Pharmacists, midwives may administer COVID-19 vaccines -DOH

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said pharmacists and midwives may administer COVID-19 vaccination during the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan in the country.

“Tinitignan natin ang pagtulong ng ibat ibang professionals sa healthcare dito sa ating pagbabakuna because we are requiring a lot of healthcare workers to implement this deployment plan for vaccines,” DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said in DOH press briefing.

Vergeire emphasized that they are now studying how pharmacists and midwives can help with the vaccine deployment plan.

However, she said they would still have to undergo some training.

“Meron tayong RA 10918 or the Pharmacy Act of 2016 that pharmacists can administer vaccines pero kailangan may training at certification sila,” the official said.

Vergeire added that the department is looking into the possible trainings to be provided for the pharmacists so that they will be certified in joining the cadres for vaccine implementation.

“Midwives also have their law — the Philippine Midwifery Law or RA 7392. It stated sa kanilang IRR that they are mandated, and they are allowed to provide vaccines especially on the National Immunization Program of the Department of Health,” Vergeire said.

Midwives are allowed to administer vaccination to children and elderly but with supervision of physician or nurse, the health undersecretary stated.

Likewise, the health department cited that midwives can assist in the immunization against infectious diseases.

“Pinagaaralan ng DOH kung paano natin maiaakma itong existing laws para maisama natin ang iba’t ibang health care professionals specifically pharmacist and midwives dito sa atin vaccine deployment,” Vergeire said. (PIA-NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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