Manila residents who cannot afford to go to vaccination sites because they are bedridden will also be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Since the weekend, more than 50 bedridden residents have been vaccinated through the Manila Health Department’s home service vaccination.
Bedridden people who are 18 years of age and older who are willing to be vaccinated are already being recorded in the barangays.
Because they may have a pre-existing condition, they must have family or doctor’s permission before they can be vaccinated.
Most of those vaccinated are senior citizens who are included in the vulnerable sector in COVID-19.
If there is a bedridden family member in Manila who wants to be vaccinated, they can register with the barangay to request home service vaccination with MHD.
The Manila City LGU once again purchased the drugs remdesivir and tocilizumab used in severe and critical cases of COVID-19 based on solidarity trials by the World Health Organization.
There are vials of remdesivir in 6 public hospitals in Manila that patients who need it can request for free.
Bedridden residents in Manila to be vaccinated via home service
Hospitals are also holding 1,000 vials of tocilizumab which is a common drug for inflammatory diseases such as severe active rheumatoid arthritis.
MHD notes that only severe and critical cases of COVID-19 are used and are not recommended in mild and asymptomatic cases.
Patients in a private or public hospital can get such drugs as long as the patient’s doctor contacts the MHD.
Meanwhile, 9 residents of Brgy. 649 in Baseco, Manila were arrested after being discovered to have used a fake identification card to obtain assistance.
According to Rose Pangan, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Manila Department of Social Welfare Baseco Satellite Office, they already suspected that a person who presented a fake ID could not answer what his middle name and birthday were.
After the investigation, they also discovered that the IDs of those following the line of the first person to present the fake ID were also fake.
Most of those arrested showed fake IDs of the Manila Royal House and Council of Elders, so according to Sharifa Mastura, NCR Chairperson of the Sultan Kudarat Descendants Organization of the Philippines, they will not allow the modus operandi to continue.