Manila identifies COVID-19 vaccination sites, targets 18K inoculation per day

Robie de Guzman   •   January 29, 2021   •   693

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila is looking to inoculate 18,000 residents per day against COVID-19 once it rolls out its vaccination program.

The local government said it has identified 18 vaccination sites which will attend to 1,000 vaccinees a day. These sites include schools in various parts of the city.

It has also identified 40 other areas to augment the number of vaccination sites, if needed.

“The least thing that we can do as local government unit is to efficiently use every possible doses. So, I don’t want to hangga’t maaari sana loobin ng Dios na walang matapon na vaccine. So, yon yung mga aming iniingatan,” Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.

Mayor Isko also said they have prepared facilities for the storage of the vaccines procured by the local government through a tripartite agreement with the national government and AstraZeneca.

The first batch of vaccine supply is expected to be delivered in February.

The city government called on its residents wishing to participate in the vaccination program to register online through the website manilacovid19vaccine.com.

City residents may sign up for a slot ahead of the roll-out of the local vaccination process. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

8 million people immunized vs COVID-19 in PH mass vaccination drive – NVOC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – At least 8 million individuals out of the 9 million target vaccinees were vaccinated against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the three-day mass vaccination drive, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Friday.

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, who chairs the NVOC, said a total of 2,709,344 COVID-19 shots were administered on the first day of the campaign; 2,475,479 on day 2; and 2,829,928 on Wednesday.

Based on current data, the running total of administered doses was at 8,014,751 as of 6 a.m. Friday.

Cabotaje said the figure is expected to increase when reports from local government units come in.

The NVOC chair said the top performing regions in terms of the number of jabs administered were Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Central Visayas.

“Together, they have accounted for about a third of the 8 million jabs that have been produced during the three days,” she said in a televised public briefing.

Provinces with the highest vaccination outputs during the three-day drive were Cebu, Negros Occidental, and Cavite.

Authorities initially aimed to inoculate at least 9 million individuals during the three-day vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

The vaccination program has been extended until Friday.

Another round of nationwide immunization against COVID-19 will be held from December 15 to 17.

Traslacion suspended anew in 2022 due to pandemic – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The annual ‘Traslacion’ will be suspended in 2022 due to the persistent threat of COVID-19, the city government of Manila said Friday.

Instead of procession, a motorcade will be held instead in selected areas in Manila.

In a statement, the city government said the decision was reached following a consultation between the officials of Quiapo Church and the local government.

Also present during the meeting were representatives from the Manila Police District (MPD), the Philippine Red Cross, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

According to MPD Director General Leo Francisco, a minimum of 8,000 police personnel will be deployed during the event.

Additional manpower may be deployed depending on the situation and the alert level status of the city of Manila come January 2022, he added.

In 2021, the city government also suspended the Traslacion due to the pandemic.

Dizon denies involvement in Isko Moreno’s campaign team

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Testing czar Vince Dizon on Thursday denied claims he is part of the campaign team for a certain political candidate.

Dizon issued the statement after Lito Banayo, the chief campaign strategist of Mayor Isko, earlier said that Dizon has joined their team as deputy campaign manager and head of statistical research.

Earlier in the day, Malacañang also issued a statement denying Banayo’s claims.

“I confirm the statement of Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles that I am not involved in any political campaign,” Dizon said.

“My focus is on the national government’s overall COVID-19 response and recovery, including the country’s vaccination program,” he added.

Dizon is also deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19. He formerly served as president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority but he quit the post last October.

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