Using Geospatial Technology For Effective Covid-Vaccination

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With the continuous vaccination drive now underway and millions of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Aztrazeneca are expected to arrive around the second quarter of this year. The Philippines are now eyeing the vaccination of the general public in August to solve our Covid-19 problems. According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, to achieve herd immunity, the government needs to vaccinate 500,000 people a day. Currently, the country is vaccinating between 34,000 to 44,000 people a day. 

Photo from Secretary Galvez’s presentation on April 29, 2021 during Malacañang press briefing

In the race to fight the pandemic, the attention so far focuses on the scientific advancements and effectiveness of the vaccine but less attention to the logistical hurdles. A good immunization program highly depends on effective vaccine distribution and roll-out. One of the challenges to achieving vaccination targets will be heavily relied on distributing the vaccine effectively. All this to ensure that the available doses are used efficiently and, no dose is wasted. This is where location-centric solutions and data can hold the key.

There are many ways that Geospatial Technology can help with the distribution and roll-out of the vaccine. Geographic Information systems (GIS) and location mapping are great platforms for real-time visualization, dashboards, data sharing, analysis, and planning. Mapping solutions can provide insights into real-time monitoring and predictive supply chain planning, which includes the organizing of facilities capable of storing and delivering temperature-sensitive vaccines.