In light of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH)…
After the “state of calamity” has ended, Covid injections are still legal under EUA.
After the “state of calamity” expires on December 31, 2022, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine emergency use authorization (EUA) will still be in effect for one more year.
The EUA can still be used for another 12 months, according to Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Department of Health’s (DOH) officer in charge, during a media briefing on Friday.
In order to maintain continuity in this Covid-19 vaccination program, she continued, “that is what we are currently employing as a basis.”
At the moment, 17.48 million Covid-19 shots are kept in DOH storage.
“Under the legislation, if the state of calamity lapses, the Department of Health now goes through the typical mode of procurement for vaccinations,” Vergeire said. “Meron din po tayong isang nakasaad sa batas na kung mag-lapse ang state of calamity.”
The DOH can replenish its supplies of Covid-19 vaccinations as needed by using Republic Act (RA) 9184, often known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
We have a clause in RA 9184 that allows us to negotiate procurement in accordance with the law, she said.
Vergeire claimed that other nations had also made donation offers.
“We’re working on it so we can also get these immunizations, which are needed by our people, during the first quarter,” she continued.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 929 in March 2020, declaring a state of calamity for six months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The duration of the disaster situation has since been prolonged.
The DOH suggested yet another extension because the vaccination push is one of the Covid-19 response measures that depend on the proclamation of the state of calamity and public health emergency.
According to data as of Jan. 2, 73,775,259 people, or 94.46 percent of the target population for the nation (78,100,578), had received all of their Covid-19 vaccinations.
As of January 1, a total of 21,169,446 people had received booster doses.
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