The Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) has introduced its manual in executing vaccination activity to Governor Rhodora J. Cadion and to Antique municipal mayors yesterday afternoon. The VVOC Manual highlights empowering officials at the barangay level in the implementation of the said activity.Inter-Agency Task Force Chief Implementor in the Visayas, Retired Major General Melquiades Feliciano said that the role of barangay officials include information campaigning and house to house registration of residents who are willing to be vaccinated for masterlisting and scheduling. House to house registrations would lessen the time spent filling up forms in the venue. The registration information will then be encoded and vaccinations will be scheduled. The barangay officials will then notify the residents three days before their vaccination schedule.”It is the aim of OPAV (Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas) in coordination and collaboration with IATF and DOH to head a uniform and successful vaccination program. Unpreparedness must not be a reason for the LGU to not perform or not be able to implement the vaccination program”, said Feliciano.”No masterlist, no allocation”, said VVOC Operations Head, Engr. Ricardo Mendoza who also announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has given the thumbs up for the national government to shoulder the cost of the Covid-19 vaccines. However, a complete masterlist should be sent to the VVOC so that they can allot the correct amount of vaccines for Antique.Department of Health Region VI Director, Dr. Emilia P. Monicimpo said that only around 74,000 Antiqueinos have been listed.The province aims to vaccinate at least 420,000 residents or 70% of the total population. If 70% of the Antique population has been vaccinated, then the province can go back to normal. As such is the case in Israel wherein rapid vaccination prompted residents to return to their normal pre-Covid lives.Mendoza adds that with the national government shouldering the vaccine costs, the LGUs can focus on using their budget on the vaccination rollout such as personnel and equipment. (P.I.O. LAVEGA)