Doses of COVID-19 vaccine affected by a storage problem in the town of Muntinlupa have been sent to experts at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to determine if they can still be administered, the ministry said on Tuesday. of Health (DOH).
“Let’s wait for the UNICEF report. The DOH is coordinating closely with them so that we can find out if the vaccines can still be used, ”Under Secretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online briefing.
An advocate for equitable access to vaccines for vulnerable populations, UNICEF is known as the first buyer of vaccines for the children of the world.
On July 15, the city government of Muntinlupa temporarily suspended COVID-19 vaccination at the Festival Mall vaccination site due to an issue with its storage facility.
In a statement, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) said an initial investigation showed there was a change in temperature at the facility that could affect the quality of vaccines.
An initial DOH investigation indicated that there had been a failure in the proper storage of the vaccines, Vergeire said.
The government had said it was trying to avoid wastage of vaccines due to the limited supply. -MDM, GMA News