DICT: Vaccine information management system targeted for rollout before end-April

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology says it expects to roll out the country’s vaccine information management system (VIMS) with local governments as early as end-April.

Kasalukuyan po ang binigay po sa aking deadline nila Sec. Charlie Galvez is bago matapos ang Abril, lahat ng mga LGUs ng NCR dapat na-roll out na sa maraming LGUs,” said DICT Usec. Manny Caintic in a televised briefing.

[Translation: The deadline given to me by (vaccine czar) Sec. Charlie Galvez for now is before April ends, it must already be rolled out to as many LGUs as possible in NCR.]

For the rest of the 1,700 local government units, Caintic said they must be accommodated by May.

The DICT is being assisted by the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Health and other organizations in rolling out the system nationwide, said the official. The agency is also trying to tap national ICT councils for assistance in training personnel on using the system in vaccination centers.

The VIMS aims to be the “single source of truth” for all information concerning the country’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Maaari rin po itong gamitin ng ating mga health professionals upang maisaayos ang aktuwal na pagbabakuna sa bakuna centers at maging ang mga LGUs upang magkaroon nang mas maayos na aksyon at polisiya ang mga ito sa kanilang mga vaccination progress,” explained the DICT official.

[Translation: It may be used by our health professionals to organize the actual vaccination in vaccine centers and even LGUs in order to come up with better actions and policies concerning their vaccination progress.]

Caintic said the VIMS also allows for the exchange of information and data with other systems, and that the DICT is currently working on its interoperability with the preexisting vaccine systems of LGUs.

Magsusumite ang mga LGU nung kanilang mga masterlist, iyong mga kandidatong babakunahan nang sa ganoon ma-fill-out na doon sa VIMS base,” he explained. “Para pagdating mo doon sa bakuna center nandoon na ang datos mo. Hahanapin na lang, iki-click, lusot ka na sa dulo.”

[Translation: LGUs shall submit their masterlist containing candidates for vaccination so that (their information) can be filled out in the VIMS base. So that your information will already be at the vaccination center. You only need to look for it, click on it, and you're good to go.]

Caintic, however, admitted that they have been consistently following up on LGUs who have yet to submit their masterlists and that the DILG has been helping them in the effort.

“[I]mportante pong mapadala nila lahat agad ang kanilang masterlist kasi importante sa amin ‘yun para sa demand planning, sa distribution and allocation,” he said.

[Translation: It’s important for them to send their masterlist immediately because this is important for our demand planning, distribution and allocation.]

The government hopes to inoculate 50 to 70 million people against the virus by year-end. It is currently vaccinating health workers, senior citizens and people with comorbidities.