QC steps up Covid vaccination drive

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Residents wait in line to be inoculated of Sinovac vaccine during the Manila local government vaccination for people ages 18-59 years old with comorbidities at the Justo Lucban Elementary School in Paco on Wednesday March 31, 2021. Rappler.com

The Quezon City government added more vaccination sites across the city to better improve its vaccination drive.

Currently, the city boasts a total of 35 vaccination sites strategically located in its six districts, to accommodate more residents.

According to the city government, the number has exceeded the original 24 venues identified by the city when it laid out its vaccination plan to the national government.

“Our vaccination drive is in full swing. With a continuing effort to establish more inoculation sites and given a steady supply of vaccines, we are now averaging more than 7095 individuals inoculated every day with yesterday May 15 reaching a high of 8574,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

To date, the city government has administered more than 229,500 doses of vaccines provided by the national government.

Belmonte also expressed deep appreciation to the private sector, who has played an important role in opening more sites for city citizens.

“The private sector organizations and companies here in our city have been truly proactive in extending help to the city government by offering their spaces and lending their medical teams to administer the vaccines. The goal of achieving herd immunity in Quezon City has taken the whole-of-city approach to a new level,” she added.

Universities such as Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines Diliman; churches like Our Lady of Consolacion Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and Christ the King of the Universe Parish; malls such as SM City Malls and Robinsons Malls; multipurpose and events spaces Araneta Coliseum, UP Technohub and Elements at Centris; and hotels such as Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood have all opened its doors and established vaccination sites in their establishments.

Aside from these, inoculations are done in schools, hospitals, clubhouses of homeowners’ associations, barangay halls and covered courts. Home vaccinations are also being conducted for bedridden residents, and the city’s QC Protektodo vaccination buses target areas where many residents are not able to access the internet or register online with eZconsult.

In addition, Belmonte also expressed gratitude to the numerous medical and non-medical volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to ensure the smooth flow of the vaccination process in all sites.

“Our sites will not run properly without our hardworking volunteers who exert effort to provide the best quality service to our people, answering citizens’ questions and also appeasing the concerns of our patients. It is very overwhelming that it is now a whole-of-city approach. This is our most important battle,” Belmonte said.

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