Vaccination for seniors starts in Manila

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A total of 1,309 senior citizens, belonging to the A2 category of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health, have already received their first doses of the AstraZeneca jabs in the city of Manila as of Sunday.

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso also announced during his live updates over Facebook on Sunday night that the city government is almost done vaccinating those in the A1.1 to A1.7 categories that include medical front-liners and other healthcare workers.

“We are almost done with the A1.1 down to A1.7, those sectors under the priority list of the IATF and the WHO are almost complied with. Now we are going down to the A2, the senior citizens of the general population,” he said in Filipino.

He said there are individuals on the A1 priority list not vaccinated yet because they prefer other brands that are not available, some were infected with Covid-19, or simply do not want to receive the jabs.

The city government cannot wait for them, Domagoso said, that is why they decided to start vaccinating senior citizens.

The Covid-19 vaccination rollout continues in 12 sites on Monday:

District I: Barangay 128 – Building 18 covered court and Barangay 32 – Wagas covered court

District II: Barangay 154 – Checkmate court and Barangay 210 – Pamana court

District III – Barangay 345 – Cecilio Apostol covered court and Barangay 377 – Pampanga covered court

District IV – Barangay 576 – D. Santiago court and Barangay 419 – Loreto covered court

District V – Barangay 704 – San Andres covered court and Barangay 803 – SASES court

District VI – Barangay 627 –ASAC court and Barangay 604 – Paraiso court

The Manila Health Department reminded individuals who have preregistered via www.manilacovid19vaccine.com to present their printed waiver form or show their QR codes for faster verification.

Walk-in individuals who wish to receive the Covid-19 vaccine are also welcome.

“If you have not registered yet and you heard about the vaccination, you can walk in,” Domagoso said in Filipino.

For senior citizens, Domagoso said that the city is administering the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine that is recommended for them.

He said when more Sinovac supplies arrive, the city will next inoculate the A3 list, or those aged 18 to 59 years old with comorbidities.

The reimposition of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region Plus bubble also made Manila impose innovations to be able to accommodate senior citizens, who are not allowed to go out.

“We evolved. We had door-to-door, house-to-house and street vaccination because we do not want to violate the rules and at the same time, we want to achieve our goal,” he said in Filipino.

Other vaccination sites are covered courts.

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