City of Manila begins mass vaccination for senior citizens




CALOOCAN CITY, March 29 (PIA) -- The City of Manila is now rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to its senior citizens.

Public Infromation Office chief Julius Leonen told the PIA-NCR through a Viber message, on Monday, March 29, 12 vaccination stations were set up in Manila’s six districts to make the process more convenient for the elderly. They will be given the AstraZeneca vaccine. As of 10 a.m., 276 seniors had been vaccinated.

Based on the data on hand, a total of at least 2,380 seniors are targeted for vaccination in the City of Manila. However, this number just covers those who have pre-registered for the vaccine on manilacovid19vaccine.com. While they will be prioritized, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said that seniors who are "walk-in" clients will not be turned away as long as there are vaccines that could be given to them.

The vaccination stations were set up in the following barangays:

DISTRICT I

Brgy. 32

Brgy. 128

DISTRICT II

Brgy. 154

Brgy. 210

DISTRICT III

Brgy. 345

Brgy. 377

DISTRICT IV

Brgy. 419

Brgy. 576

DISTRICT V

Brgy. 704

Brgy. 803

DISTRICT VI

Brgy. 604

Brgy. 627

Domagoso said the Manila Vaccination Plan (MVP) will continue amid the rise in COVID-19 cases and the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). "When we have vaccines on hand, we have to vaccinate right away," the mayor explained.

To recall, the City of Manila already started vaccinating senior citizens with the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday, March 28. The LGU deployed its 12 high-end ambulances to serve as mobile vaccination stations. Some 1,309 senior citizens, which included walk-ins, were able to get their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In his mayoral address later that same day, Domagoso explained that the process would be refined and that the vaccination stations would be set up in basketball courts or other similar communal spaces where social distancing could be followed.

Domagoso once again urged everyone to pre-register at manilacovid19vaccine.com for the vaccines that the LGU would be giving for free. He also added, "’Yung may mga lolo at lola, tulungan ninyo silang mag-register online." (PIA NCR)