University Vaccination Plan

Fr Roberto Yap SJ announced the University vaccination program to the community last 23 April 2021. This page will serve as an information repository for the vaccination program. Details, schedules, and other information will be posted here as they come.

We have compiled your questions about the vaccination program on this page. Keep posted, as we will update this as more information comes in.

What is the University's vaccination plan?

Our University is planning its own employee vaccination program, subject to government guidelines.

Who will it cover?

The priority will be employees, both full- and part-time, who have not yet been vaccinated through their local government units.

How much will it cost employees?

It is fully subsidized by the University.

What vaccine/s will be administered?

We have placed an order for 8,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, as well as 10,000 doses of the Covovax vaccine developed by Novavax.

How are we procuring the vaccines?

We are purchasing the vaccines, with the assistance of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and ICTSI Foundation for the Modena vaccine, and Unilab for the Covovax vaccine.

Will there be a priority list?

Yes. We are currently in the later stages of drafting the guidelines for the vaccination program in sync with the guidelines of government agencies, and will be disseminated in due time.

When will the vaccination program start?

The start date of the vaccination program is dependent on when we are able to receive the vaccines we ordered. The timing of the arrival is uncertain, as we are totally reliant on the supply chain and the allocations to address global demand. Our vaccination program is constrained by the uncertain supply. But once the vaccines we ordered arrive, we will immediately implement our vaccination program.

Who will manage the plan?

The Office of Human Resources Management and Organization Development (OHRMOD) is the lead unit for the vaccination plan. As for administering the vaccine, we have contracted AC Health, a division of Ayala Corporation. AC Health will take care of logistics, transportation, storage, data management, and inoculation.

Are part-time employees included?

Yes.

How about employees currently outside Metro Manila? How can they be vaccinated as part of the program?

The University will try to make arrangements with AC Health if they have set up centers or have hospitals outside the National Capital Region where our employees are at the time of vaccination.

Will students be able to get vaccinated through the University?

We are looking into including students in our planned vaccination program especially when we get enough supply of the vaccines. We are also hoping that vaccines would become more accessible to private companies so that we can order enough vaccines for our community. With that possibility, then our students, aside from those in the medical and allied courses as part of A1 priority list by the Department of Health (DOH) and the national government's Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), can be vaccinated and have added protection against the virus if and when we are already allowed to go back onsite for our classes.

How about employees' family members? Can they also get vaccinated through the University?

Depending on the supply we receive and the number of our employees availing our vaccination program, we will see if we have extra for the dependents of our employees. We are still working out if and how we can offer vaccines to family members of employees.

Are employees of affiliates (for example, ISO employees) included?

Similar to the rest of the community members who are not employees, we are considering including them depending on the availability of vaccines and the final guidelines of the Department of Health.

When did the University start planning for vaccinations?

Planning for vaccinations started in January 2021, and included inputs via surveys of employees. By February, procurement plans were being laid out, with the assistance of the MAP, in parallel with the drafting of the vaccination administration plan. And in March 2021, we formally placed our initial vaccine orders.

Is the Ateneo vaccination center at the Grade School cafeteria in the Loyola Heights campus part of the University's program?

No, it is part of the Quezon City local government's vaccination program. We provided a venue for the QC LGU's program as part of our cooperation with our LGU. Our University vaccination program is separate, and details on the vaccination sites will be released in due time.

Can the University help students get in the LGU line for vaccination slots?

No. Everyone, including students, must follow the priority order set by the government in lining up for vaccines offered by the government, and everyone must follow the procedures and protocols. Check with your local government unit on when you can get the vaccine (priority groups, schedules, venues, procedures), and how you can schedule your vaccination slots.

You may visit the DOH website, or your LGU's website/social media pages for more information.

Information on vaccine availability and links to LGU registration

Can we choose which vaccine will be administered to us?

No. You are advised to take the vaccine that is available at the time you are scheduled for vaccination.

Who can we contact if we have questions?

You may contact OHRMOD. Updates will also be posted on the employee Blueboard, the Ateneo de Manila University website, the Ateneo COVID-19 information portal, and cascaded by your units.

Information accurate as of 3 May 2021