Amid possible power outages or heavy rains, the Department of Health (DOH) assured that Covid-19 vaccine sites across the country have prepared contingency measures.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said big vaccination centers have ready backup generators which will be utilized to enable smaller vaccination sites when brownout occurs. 

“Ang ating mga vaccination sites had been instructed to always be prepared for any type of disasters,” she said in a virtual briefing. “[They] are ready for these kinds of disasters.”

Vergeire added that a series of inspections in vaccination sites and storage facilities are being conducted by regional health authorities in their respective localities as part of their preparation for rotational brownouts and the rainy season. 

Energy officials said a red alert is possible over Luzon until next week. 

Along with that, various provinces were experiencing rotating power interruptions amid their red and yellow alerts. 

The Department of Energy has already instructed authorities to check all vaccines in storage facilities amid the brownouts. 

Testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon said the Covid-19 vaccine rollout has not yet been adversely affected by the series of power outages.

Moreover, the rainy season is about to start as per Pagasa’s announcement. Ronald Espartinez