Quezon City opens nighttime COVID-19 vaccination for workers

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021   •   281

The Quezon City government on Wednesday announced it has launched a nighttime vaccination program, which will open at 6 p.m. or after working hours to accommodate employees who cannot take time off from work or visit a vaccination site during the day.

In a statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the vaccination program, dubbed “QC Bakuna Nights,” aims to expand the reach of the city and immunize workers whose only free time is in the evening.

“Para ito sa mga manggagawa natin na hindi naman makaliban sa kanilang trabaho para makapagpabakuna sa karaniwang oras na 8am-5pm. Lalo na ‘yung mga arawan ang sahod,” Belmonte said.

“Ngayon, hindi na nila kailangang mamili kung arawang kita ba muna o bakuna. We will inoculate them at a time most convenient to them,” she added.

The city government also said on Wednesday that for the first time, around 2,000 pre-registered frontline personnel under the A4 category will be inoculated at the Quezon City Hall Grounds.

PH fully vaccinates over 5 million individuals vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has so far fully vaccinated more than 5 million people against COVID-19, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said a total of 5,031,301 individuals, or 7.19 percent of the target vaccination coverage, have completed their doses.

Around 10,585,261 people received their first shot.

In total, the country has administered 15,616,562 vaccine doses since the government launched its vaccination drive against COVID-19 in March.

The Philippine government is looking to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.

Roque once again reminded the public to get vaccinated against the viral disease.

Over 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered; 4.7 million fully vaccinated in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,096,261 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the Philippines since the immunization campaign rolled out in March, government data released on Monday showed.

Vaccine statistics issued by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that as of July 18, 4,708,073 individuals have been fully vaccinated while 10,388,188 have received their first doses.

In a separate briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reported that the number of individuals who completed their doses constitutes 6.73 percent of the country’s target vaccination rate.

The Philippine government is looking to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.

Roque reminded the public to get vaccinated against the viral disease.

“Kailangan natin ng dagdag proteksyon para sa ating sarili, sa ating pamilya, at komunidad. Maging bahagi ng solusyon,” he said during a Palace briefing.

The DOH likewise reminded individuals who belong to the vaccination priority sectors, particularly the senior citizens, to get vaccinated and take their second dose as scheduled.

“Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people,” it added.

QC administers 1-M doses, aims to reach herd immunity in 2 months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

The Quezon City Government has administered around 1 million doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, during a virtual public briefing on Thursday (July 15), said the 40% of the target population received the first dose while 20% completed the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

She reported that the local government has administered a total of 1,072,230 doses in Quezon City under its vaccination rollout. A total of 687,143 received the first dose while 385, 087 are fully vaccinated.

Belmonte cited the good coordination of the public and private sector in boosting the number of daily vaccinated residents.

Gusto ko lang pong bigyang diin na actually ang momentum nandyan naman mabilis naman tayong magpabakuna. In fact yesterday [Wednesday] second doses natin nakaabot na tayo ng 50,000 a day that was very high po iyan,” she said.

(I want to point out that we have maintained momentum in the vaccination rollout. In fact, yesterday, our second dose reached 50,000 a day and that was very high.)

The QC mayor also hopes that if there are no delays in the delivery of vaccines and if 1.7 million residents are vaccinated, the city can reach herd immunity in two months.

“Given the speed that we were able to rollout basta may bakuna na na ready supply tingin ko enough ang 2 moths kaya nang abutin ang 1.7 million na target ng atin pong lungsod for population protection (as long as there are vaccines ready, it is enough. In two months, we can reach the target of 1.7 million population in the city),” she said.AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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