Manila set to open 19th Covid vaccination site

FILE PHOTO: A senior citizen receives her first dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a covered court in Manila, Philippines, March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photo

Manila Mayor Franciso “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, along with Manila Health Department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold “Poks” Pangan, on Friday inspected the Manila Prince Hotel as another site for the city’s vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The Manila Prince Hotel, located along San Marcelino Street in Ermita, Manila, is set to be the 19th vaccination site for the nation’s capital.

Aside from its already existing 18 vaccination sites, the City Government of Manila has also been conducting home service vaccinations for bedridden residents.

With this new development, Domagoso once again highlighted the need to speed up the mass vaccination against Covid-19.

“Once you have vaccines, you have to deploy them fast. Vaccination should be faster than infection,” he stated.

Manila City Engineer Armand Andres, Manila City Architect Pepito D. Balmores, and Manila Prince Hotel liaison officer Marvin Kim Tan were also present at the site inspection.

Domagoso reiterated that the City of Manila continues to work with the National Government in its mass vaccination efforts. “We thank the national government for Manila’s vaccine allocations. We continue to support all their efforts in the fight against Covid-19,” the mayor said.


So far, the vaccines allocated to Manila by the national government are those from the COVAX facility (AstraZeneca and Pfizer), the Chinese Government (Sinovac), and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute (Sputnik V).

The City of Manila is also waiting for the 800,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

To recall, Domagoso signed in February the authorization for the release of P38.4 million as 20-percent advance payment for the AstraZeneca vaccines, which are expected to arrive either by June or September.

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