The government will bring in a third-party service provider for the Philippines’ Covid-19 vaccine information management system, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque saod the country’s pandemic task force has authorized the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to make the appointment.

“To ensure the accurate, timely and efficient distribution and administration of the Covid-19 vaccines, the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) has authorized the DICT to perform actions necessary to procure the services of a qualified third-party service provider,” he said in a statement.

The service provider should be able to provide services regarding design approval, information technology project implementation and service management of the Philippine Covid-19 Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS).

“The DICT is likewise given authority to formulate the standards to ascertain the qualifications of the third-party service provider in undertaking the required services in the VIMS,” Roque added.

The functions of the Philippine Covid-19 VIMS include citizen vaccination capture and automation; providing management and automation; supply chain management and VIMS dashboarding, reporting and analytics. 

“It shall be the key process automation and data capture, storage, processing and analytics system for the immunization and administration and supply chain management of the Covid-19 vaccines,” Roque said.

The country’s vaccination program is expected to launch in February. John Ezekiel J. Hirro