According to Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, their storage facility, vaccines, and the mega vaccination center are ready.
“Unang priority natin mga healthcare workers natin, ‘yung nasa frontlines—mga ospital, clinic, public at private…7,800 ang kabuuan nila…” said Teodoro.
In an interview with TeleRadyo Thursday morning, Teodoro said they are currently assessing and evaluating the eligibility of vaccines such as having a medical condition or comorbidity. He also said that he continues to obtain consent and also conducts counseling on those who would be vaccinated.
They also have a substitute for vaccine recipients in case their previous priority would not give consent.
“Para sa ganun, ‘yung iba kung ‘di magbigay ng consent, umayaw, ay merong pampalit dahil ayaw naman nating masayang ‘yung bakuna. Very limited e,” he said.
The mayor also added that they have 120 vaccinators trained. A vaccinator can vaccinate 80 to 100 people per day.
“Nag put up din kami ng care monitoring system. Bumili kami ng mga support drug sakaling may adverse reaction. Meron din kaming indemnification fund, parang medical and financial assistance kung meron mang adverse effect doon sa mababakunahan,” he said.
In addition, their cold chain storage also has an uninterrupted power supply so they will not lose power.
Marikina mega vaccination facilities and vaccinators ready – Mayor Teodoro
He said Marikina also continues to talk to other companies that make vaccines against COVID-19.
“Lahat ng pwedeng makuhanan o makapag-order tayo ng bakuna ginagawa natin para maraming pagpilian yung mga tao,” he said.
At least 5.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the Philippines within the first 3 months of the year, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
Such vaccines are made by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca, the secretary said.
This is through the COVAX Initiative led by the World Health Organization so that even poor countries can have the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Galvez, by mid-February, the Philippines is expected to receive 117,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer.
The first batch of vaccines from AstraZeneca is also expected to arrive in February.