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In Cebu’s airports and pharmacies, vax counters are being eyed.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are planning to open vaccination centers in public terminals and pharmacies to defend the public transportation sector against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).

Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino announced on Thursday that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)-Visayas, Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH-7), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have formed a team to increase inoculation of drivers, passengers, and their dependents.

“The private sector entity supporting us with pandemic responses, Project Balik Buhay, is also assisting us in building vaccine sites in terminals,” he added in an interview.

After the DOH central office opened pop-up vaccination desks in pharmacies in the National Capital Region, Dino’s office came up with the idea of opening inoculation desks at terminals through the regional directors of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO).

On Wednesday, LTFRB-7 director Eduardo Montealto Jr. and LTO-7 chief Victor Emmanuel Caindec met with DOH-7 chief pathologist Dr. Mary Loreche and OPAV for a coordination meeting.

Montealto said the DOTr will open a vaccination facility at the LTO-7 Malasakit Licensing Office on Natalio Bacalso Ave. here sometime next week.

According to him, the agency’s next vaccination site would be at the Mactan Cebu International Airport, where personnel and passengers will be inoculated.

Vaccination counters were also addressed at the meeting, according to Montealto, in the South Bus Terminal near the LTO-Cebu office and the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City. He did say, though, that they are compelled to search for alternatives.

“We’ve learned that Typhoon Odette has caused damage to our terminals.” We couldn’t risk the immunizations’ effectiveness. They are environmentally sensitive, as they require adequate storage prior to administration,” he told the Philippine News Agency.

The goal of setting up inoculation stations, according to Loreche, is to bring “vaccines to where people are and make it extremely easy and accessible to the people.” The fees that can be collected can be considered and incorporated into the agreement parameters.”

She believes that utilizing pharmacies can help individuals receive their Covid-19 vaccine more easily, “perhaps increasing our aim of achieving herd immunity.”

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