The Department of Health (DOH) has reiterated its position that local government units (LGUs) cannot procure and roll out Covid-19 vaccines on their own without coordinating with the national government.
“The DOH, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appreciate the Covid-19 vaccine initiatives of the LGUs. However, as mentioned by the Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, LGUs cannot procure and roll out Covid-19 vaccines on their own,” the DOH said in a statement.
Coordination with the national government, it added, can be done through the NTF and the DOH in a tripartite agreement involving LGUs and pharmaceutical firms.
“This is meant to align the efforts of LGUs with the vaccine initiative of the national government which integrates and consolidates all resources and initiatives,” the DOH statement explained.
The FDA likewise clarified that the emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the Philippine FDA does not cover the commercial use of the vaccines.
“This means that manufacturers cannot sell directly to the LGUs nor to any entity, unless they are under the vaccine initiative of the national government,” the DOH said.