MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government announced that the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao has been identified as one of the city’s mega vaccination sites.
Mayor Joy Belmonte confirmed that the Araneta Group has allowed the city government to use the Big Dome in support of the city’s vaccination program. Inoculations are expected to begin there on Saturday (May 15).
“We estimate that the Big Dome will be capable of delivering 1,000 to 1,500 COVID shots per day,” said Belmonte.
She added that measures for indoor settings, such as proper filters and fan systems for adequate ventilation, will be installed to ensure the safety of everyone who plans to get their jabs at the facility.
Belmonte expressed gratitude to the Araneta Group for offering the Big Dome to the city’s vaccination program for free.
“It is a suitable site for a massive and critical government health drive since it offers adequate space and accessibility to both our healthcare workers and the public,” Belmonte said.
“This will help us strengthen our efforts to provide our QCitizens the protection they need against COVID-19. The faster we vaccinate our people, the sooner we can achieve economic recovery,” the Mayor added.
Also, the Araneta Group committed to provide their own medical personnel to help with the inoculation.
“We are very pleased to accommodate the QC LGU’s vaccination campaign inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This is our contribution to the government’s efforts to control the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city and to improve public health,” according to Antonio Mardo, SVP for Operations of the Araneta Group.
The city earlier partnered with the Araneta Group in expanding its free COVID-19 swab testing initiatives. Araneta City was tapped since fourth quarter of 2020 as a venue for the local government’s free RT-PCR tests for the general public.
The company also allowed the free use of the Araneta City Bus Port as an accessible site for the drive-thru COVID-19 RT-PCR saliva testing of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
The site, which opened in February 2021, offers a painless and less invasive method of collecting samples while reducing person-to-person contact in COVID-19 testing.