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Power plays critical role on vax rollout

While Meralco provides reliable and dependable energy, there are circumstances —such as typhoons and other natural calamities — that could affect power.

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Meralco’s thrust to contribute to the country’s vaccination strategy is to guarantee vaccine storage facilities and centers have a steady supply of electricity. / Photograph courtesy of Meralco

Storage facilities, like Pharmaserv in Marikina City, are integral in ensuring that vaccines are secured prior to their roll out to the public.

A key factor in maintaining efficacy of the sera is keeping these stored in optimal temperatures.

Having stable electricity plays a vital role as a shift in temperature could render vaccines ineffective.

While Meralco provides reliable and dependable energy, there are circumstances — such as typhoons and other natural calamities — that could affect power.

Always have alternatives
It’s important to have contingencies in place to ensure that the vaccination program goes uninterrupted. Here’s what vaccine storage facilities and centers can do to be ready with back-up power:

• Make sure to test generators at least once a month. Don’t forget to regularly check that the fuel inventory is sufficient;

• Request for tree-trimming services from Meralco to keep branches at a safe distance from power lines. Doing this can prevent power interruptions;

In case of the absence of a generator, consider equipping a facility with the help of MSERV, a Meralco subsidiary.

• Regularly check your electrical wires, breakers, and other load side electrical facilities to make sure they’re in top shape;

• Ensure an area is safe from floods. On flood-prone area, make the necessary adjustments — such as elevating machines or improving drainage — ahead of time.

In case of the absence of a generator, consider equipping a facility with the help of MSERV, a Meralco subsidiary that offers a wide range of energy solutions, including generator installation and maintenance.

“By securing the power needs of vaccination storage facilities and centers, we respond to the call of the Department of Energy 16 February announcement titled Advisory: Ensuring Reliable and Stable Electric Power Supply During the Government’s Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Program,” according to Meralco.

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