Vaccination will be expedited in Biñan City, Laguna, after drive-thru and cinema-based vaccination centers opened at the city’s mall this Tuesday.
There is no need for vaccinees to get out of the car because the injectors themselves will approach the car for the drive-thru vaccination in the lobby of Southwoods Mall.
The cinema-based vaccination center, where Conchita Crescini, 87, was vaccinated, is located on the mall’s third floor.
“Sabi nila, magpabakuna para makalabas. Isang taon na ako hindi lumalabas ng bahay,” said Crescini.
About 500 to 1,000 people can be vaccinated at the mall per day.
He said you only need to register to get a schedule.
According to the mall’s management, this is part of the company’s initiative to open 11 vaccination centers in Metro Manila and Laguna.
“Naniniwala po kami na ang vaccination ang isang solusyon sa pagsugpo sa pandemya. Kaya po kami nakikiisa sa ating government” said Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president for marketing and business development of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
But Biñan Mayor Armand Dimaguila Jr. admitted that there is still a lack of vaccines coming to their city.
Drive-thru, cinema-based vaccination opened at Laguna mall
“We are basically 62 percent away from herd immunity… Supply ang problema,” said Dimaguila.
It is still uncertain when the Biñan city government’s ordered vaccine from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sinovac will arrive. So they still rely on what comes from the national government.
Southwoods Mall was issued a safety seal by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Biñan city government.
Meanwhile, an additional 50,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in the country from Russia on Sunday night.
According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, all the doses that arrived were only the first twelve, and the next doses are expected to arrive before 21 days.
About 80 percent of the newly arrived vaccines will be taken to areas in Metro Manila that are already in short supply and have not been given from the previous 2 batches of Sputnik V, according to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje.