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Vaccine Update: Gov't is Building a Digital Nerve Center

Third-party service provider wanted.
by Arianne Merez
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Photo/s: Ted S. Warren/Associated Press, File

The government is working on finding a third-party service provider to manage a COVID-19 Vaccine Information System, Malacañang said Wednesday, as the nation gears up for the start of its long-awaited mass immunization program.

The proposed COVID-19 Vaccine Information System, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, will include the following features:

  • Citizen Vaccination Capture and Automation
  • Provider Management and Automation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • VIMS Dashboarding, Reporting, and Analytics.


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The Department of Information and Communications Technology will lead the procurement of the services of a third-party service provider for the system also known as VIMS according to Roque.

"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," he said.

The chosen firm will work with the DICT on "design approval, IT project implementation, and service management" of the VIMS, he said.

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The Philippines is expecting the arrival of its initial COVID-19 vaccine supply in February from China's Sinovac as it continues to work with other foreign vaccine makers for supplies.

Manila has also signed vaccine deals with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca for some 17 million doses of its vaccine developed with Oxford University, and another with US drug maker Novavax for the purchase of 30 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine called Covovax.

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