As the Caribbean gets ready to roll out a massive vaccination programme aimed at arming nationals in the fight against COVID-19, one Saint Lucian Company is poised to assist regional medical authorities in their attempt to manage the process.
The company – Digitised Solutions Limited has announced the production of a highly effective software solution that will enable early identification of anyone willing to be vaccinated. The software aptly named I-Vax is a progressive web application developed to effectively implement and monitor vaccination programmes.
The developers say I-Vax which is extremely user-friendly, will provide quick registration by requiring one to input their date of birth and a valid national ID number. This information will then be validated against national databases to prevent invalid registration. I-Vax will then allow registrants to schedule a vaccination appointment based on available time slots configured for the vaccination site and, when applicable, I-Vax will even conveniently send early reminders for follow-up vaccination.
Digitised Solutions has explained that working closely with local clinicians, I-Vax will provide a console for medical professionals to record and access information collected during triage, post-vaccination observations and self-reporting of suspected cases of adverse and side-effects by those vaccinated.
Information collected will then be used to provide real-time dashboard statistics such as the percentage of a population that has been vaccinated fully and partially, by city, town, village and nationally, likewise for the number of nationals awaiting vaccination.
Additional features of I-Vax include:
• Schedule management based on available clinicians at a given site
• Contact-less appointment processing using QR-Code
• Offline registration to facilitate vaccine registration outreach programmes undertaken by healthcare workers
• Digital vaccine certificate as per WHO recommendation specified in Annex 6 of the IHR
• In-built chat for direct access to health professionals associated with the vaccination programme.
According to the Company I-Vax provides the most efficient means to collect vaccination data for analysis and reporting. The I-Vax helps enforce restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 due to the ease at which vaccinated persons could be identified either for the purpose of national COVID-19 policies or future international obligations which will require vaccination before travel.
“Although I-Vax could be an integral part of the government’s short- to long-term strategy that guarantees effective use of limited state resources, a high-quality communications plan is key to its success. As such, we have developed an I-Vax communications strategy that ensures a high measure of public outreach and consistent messaging on the importance of registering for the vaccine. I-Vax is estimated to take 6 weeks for a phased rollout at an affordable cost that is tailored to the client’s needs. The cost includes software development, high-quality video tutorials and campaign promotional material for television, radio and print” a Company Representative said.