More than 1,300 senior citizens have been targeted against COVID-19 during Sunday’s immunization of the elderly in this city.
According to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, at around 5:50 pm on Sunday, 1,309 senior citizens have been given the first dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines.
The Manila local government has been given the go signal to start vaccinating senior citizens at the same time as vaccinating health care workers.
In order not to make life difficult for the elderly, the vaccinators from the Manila Health Department will go to their respective barangays to give the vaccine.
According to the Manila Public Information Office, 4,979 senior citizens are pre-registered for the local government’s vaccination program.
Vaccination also continued in 12 covered courts in the city that were turned into vaccination sites.
For those who have pre-registered, they only need to bring the waiver form or QR code to be verified.
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He said the vaccination sites will also accept the walk-in senior citizen but the process will take a long time because only then will the details of the elderly who wants to be vaccinated will be obtained.
The Manila local government clarified that even with the enhanced community quarantine on Monday, senior citizens will be allowed to go out to get vaccinated.
He said they can assist barangay officials to get to the vaccination site.
According to the latest local government record, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manila has reached 38,694, of which 3,810 are active cases.
In an interview on Super Radyo dzBB, Dr. Guido David noted that the capital region, considered as the epicenter of the pandemic, affects the situation of the entire country.
“Lalo na limited ‘yung vaccine rollout natin, ang recommendation sana natin ma-priority natin ‘yung NCR kasi nandito naman talaga ‘yung center,” he said.
David said the disease could not spread if around 7 or 8 million Metro Manila residents, as well as those residing in nearby regions like Calabarzon and Central Luzon, have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.