Unified COVID-19 Algorithms
Last updated June 21, 2021.
The Unified COVID-19 Algorithms is an ongoing collaboration between volunteer facilitators, technical specialists and algorithm constructors, contributors and reviewers from different medical organizations, and coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) Disease Prevention and Control Bureau. This release reflects evidence and policy updates, as well as medical community consensus since the call of the Health Professionals’ Alliance Against COVID-19 to restrategize the country’s response against COVID-19.
Each algorithm was reviewed by subject matter experts, stakeholders, as well as end- users. With the Philippine context in perspective, the algorithms provide clear guidelines for COVID-19 management from both the community and hospital levels. Algorithms reinforce the Philippine COVID-19 Living Recommendations. The development process was guided by evidence-based, patient-centered, and equity-driven principles.
Work on the first version of the Unified Algorithms was started as early as March 2020 with a small team of volunteer algorithm constructors and five core medical societies, facilitated by volunteers from the Asia-Pacific Center for Evidence-Based Healthcare (APCEBH), Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO), and Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina (KMI). The first version was hosted by the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID). With continued support from PSMID, this expansion was carried out by the HPAAC Steering Committee through its network of volunteers and the leadership of various medical professional societies.
These algorithms are subject to change as evidence emerges and guidelines are updated. Recommendations on patient care are not absolute. Final decisions remain under the discretion of the healthcare provider.
As the unified algorithms are utilized, end-users are enjoined to provide feedback as to their experience with use of the algorithms in the field through: firstname.lastname@example.org and hpaac.org.ph/contact or email@example.com.
PSMID Statement on the Timing of Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines with Other Vaccines
(Simultaneous Vaccine Administration and Vaccine Co-administration)
Attached herewith is the National Vaccination Operations Center Advisory No. 54 entitled “Guidance on the Vaccination of the Immediate Family Members of Healthcare Workers under Priority Group A1” and its Operational Guidance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly challenged humanity and continues to do so. Unfortunately, these challenges are made more difficult for our healthcare workers at the frontlines of COVID-19 care. There are times when the mission and expertise of our frontline health providers are criticized and maligned. Oftentimes, our colleagues bear the cudgels for our health systems’ weaknesses, even as they do their utmost to care for COVID-19 patients and save lives.
We have all lost family members and loved ones in this pandemic. Our shared losses enhance our empathy with all the others who have also lost their loved ones to COVID- 19. The Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID), a non-stock, non-profit association of healthcare professionals dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of infectious disease – especially against COVID-19, is not spared from the perils of this pandemic.
In these challenging times, there is the temptation to cast blame and aspersions on frontliners in the face of loss and grief, without fully understanding the context and rationale of holistic clinical management and care. We urge the community to focus against the real enemy, COVID-19. Divisiveness only serves to weaken and demotivate our health workforce. PSMID maintains an open communication line and a collaborative stance as we continue to lead and serve despite the risks and obstacles.
The PSMID expresses confidence in the expertise of its infectious disease clinicians. We stand by the competence, professional integrity, and clinical judgment of our infectious disease practitioners. We, as PSMID, always strive to provide holistic, evidence-based, and compassionate patient care, despite the challenges of a stretched and under- resourced health system and the risks to our own lives.
The PSMID deeply thank the countless women, men, organizations, and institutions who quietly serve and continue to provide support and encouragement to our healthcare workers. We hope for kindness. We hope for understanding. The spirit of unity and solidarity is what gives us hope that we can overcome the challenges that take a significant toll on our frontliners’ physical and mental health.
“YOU [WE] WILL ACHIEVE MORE IN THIS WORLD THROUGH ACTS OF MERCY THAN… THROUGH ACTS OF RETRIBUTION.” -Nelson Mandela
PSMID Board of Councils and Advisers 2021
Download the PSMID Statement of Solidarity with Frontline COVID-19 Health Providers here.
You may download the PSMID Guidance on the Timing of Blood Donation among Donors Who Received COVID-19 Vaccines HERE.