Testing czar Vince Dizon on Wednesday said the country has enough vaccinators ready to be deployed once the Philippines starts its inoculation drive.

In a Laging Handa briefing, Dizon said the persons trained to lead the vaccination program were only awaiting the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines.

“Sapat na po ang ating mga na-train na vaccinators, hindi lang ng national government kung hindi ng ating mga local government units,” he said.

“At tutulong din po sa atin ang mga iba’t ibang NGOs tulad ng Philippine Red Cross at pati ang private sector ay tutulong din po.”

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also assured that the country’s vaccinators would be those listed under the law: “the doctors, the nurses, the midwives and the pharmacists.”

“Ito po iyong may mga batas na nakapagsaad na lisensiyado at saka authorized sila for them to provide vaccines. Dito po makakasiguro na tayo na only healthcare professionals authorized by law ang magbibigay ng mga bakunang ito,” she said in the same briefing.

She added that the training for vaccinators started in December last year. The training covered vaccine preparation, handling and patient monitoring.

The country has been assured of 600,000 Sinovac vaccine doses expected to arrive this month. John Ezekiel J. Hirro