Rodriguez, Rizal started Tuesday its drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination, which was conducted under a bridge.
According to Dr. Maria Carmela Javier, municipal health officer, the drive-thru vaccination will help speed up vaccination in the town, especially since they have 600 vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine set to expire in July.
Aside from drive-thru vaccination, the municipal health office also has another team that vaccinates in covered courts and other open spaces.
“Mas safe ito kasi basta sa isang kotse hindi sila nagsisiksikan dahil isa rin [‘yan] sa puwedeng mag-spread ng virus,” said Javier.
“We see to it na naka-face mask at face shield kung nasa loob sila ng sasakyan,” she added.
It is said that some senior citizens are more comfortable with drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination.
“Mas madali ito at safety, kaysa pumila,” said 69-year-old Consuelo Guino.
“Mas maganda po kasi hindi nagkaka-dikit-dikit ang tao, hindi masyadong crowded, may social distancing,” said Tony Francisco, who was also vaccinated against the virus.
The government targets to vaccinate 70 million in the Philippines before the end of the year to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. reported to President Rodrigo Duterte that over three million Filipinos had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination conducted under bridge in Rizal
“Sa ngayon maganda pa rin po ang mga balita natin dahil ang ating pagbabakuna napakataas na po, nasa 3 million,” Galvez said in a taped public briefing aired Tuesday morning.
(We have good news because we’ve already vaccinated 3 million, which is already high.)
According to the data he showed, 2,282,273 Filipinos from the A1 to A4 priority groups were already vaccinated as of May 16.
Meanwhile, there are 719,602 Filipinos who belong to the same vaccination groups already completed their COVID-19 vaccination.
Galvez said a total of 3,001,875 Filipinos had been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.
The vaccine czar also told Duterte that the national government could vaccinate 1 million Filipinos within 17 days this May.
“Ang projection po natin ay 2 million this coming May which I believe kayang-kaya [Our projection for May is 2 million which I think is very doable],” he said.