The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) recently announced that certain students in the field of medicine and nursing may now apply as volunteers for the national government’s Covid19 vaccination program.
After coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH), Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2021-003 stipulated the guidelines for accepting undergraduate and post-undergraduate medical interns, clinical clerks, and students in their fourth years, as part of the National Covid19 Vaccine Deployment and Vaccination Program.
Volunteer positions that are open under the program include health screeners, vaccinators, as well as and pre/post-vaccination monitoring staff, all of which will be guided accordingly by licensed doctors and nurses.
All higher education institutions with a medical program, as well as hospitals with internship programs, are included in the scope of the memorandum.
So long as the volunteer’s school has granted approval for the vaccination center in question, then the student may apply to take part in the program.
Among the necessary documents to be submitted are an informed consent form from both the volunteer and their parent or guardian, proof of full vaccination against Covid19 as well as Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
(PhilHealth) membership, and medical certification from a licensed, authorized physician indicating whether or not the volunteer has any comorbidity.
Training and online courses from DOH will be provided to the volunteers, while their expected work hour range will go up to a maximum of eight hours daily in the span of two weeks.
The news comes as the country still experiences understaffing in hospitals all throughout the nation, with the DOH and PhilHealth yet to fully provide benefits and compensation to frontliners, as well as reimbursement for private hospitals, respectively.