DICT launches VIMS-IR in San Juan City to speed up vaccination process

Screengrab of the live demo of the Vaccine Information Management System Immunization Registry (VIMS-IR) of the DICT over the weekend. (DICT Youtube video)

CALOOCAN CITY, April 13 (PIA) -- Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan with Secretary Vince Dizon and San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora will observe today the launch of the Vaccine Information Management System Immunization Registry (VIMS-IR) of the DICT at the FilOil Flying V Centre (San Juan Arena) in a bid to speed up the vaccination process.

“We are very happy that San Juan is the pilot city of the VIMS-IR with the ultimate goal of improving and speeding up the vaccination process. Our medical workers and volunteers were very open to sharing their points to improve the registry so that when DICT implements it all over the country, it will be user-friendly and easy to use,” Mayor Francis said.

Zamora said the DICT chose San Juan City as the pilot city after observing a clear and organized vaccination process in the San Juan Arena where the city averaged 20 minutes per person with the manual process from registration to vaccination proper.

With the pilot implementation of VIMS-IR, the LGU was able to cut the process time even shorter to 10 minutes per person from registration to vacccination, he added.

Aside from being the country’s primary immunization registry, VIMS-IR will digitize the vaccination process from registration, to consent, to vaccination, and post-vaccination. It will provide the vaccination team a user-friendly interphase for easier navigation and remove the encoding stage at the end of the vaccination process, with the vaccination team able to update the data of the vaccinee in real time. The efficiency the system will provide will help lighten the workload of the already overworked vaccination team members.

As of 5pm of April 11, 2021, 51,419 San Juaneños have registered at the city’s vaccination registry or 60.21% of the target population of 85,400.

San Juan City currently no longer has AstraZeneca vaccines on hand, and has started vaccinating its senior citizens with SinoVac vaccine, today April 12, 2021. This move is in compliance with NTF’s Advisory No. 27. It also has around 4,000 doses of SinoVac vaccines on hand, 1,594 of which are intended as first doses for persons with comorbidities and 1,804 as second doses for the city’s healthcare workers. (PIA NCR)

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

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