November 28, 2021 | 11:19 a.m.
MANILA, Philippines – The largest cities in Metro Manila are preparing for the three-day national immunization program which runs from November 29 to December 1.
In Quezon City, the largest city in the Capital Region, around 150,000 people are targeted for vaccination at special sites, including SM North Edsa Skydome, Eastwood City, Robinsons Magnolia, Waltermart North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Novaliches , Fairview Terraces, Fisher Mall, Crossroad Parkway Shopping Center and Coliseum of Araneta.
The city government, in a statement, said it would prioritize all unvaccinated minors between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults, as well as administering booster doses to members of the A1 ( health workers), A2 (elderly) and A3 (immunocompromised individuals).
âWe have used groups to recruit additional medical staff and we have partnered with malls and establishments to have more sites. We want to maximize the three days allocated to this vaccination campaign, âsaid Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“While waiting for the planned supply from the national government, we can use our own vaccines as booster vaccines.”
In addition to the administration of the first doses and boosters, the second doses of the pediatric and adult populations will proceed as planned at the other vaccination sites.
In the city of Manila, the first, second and booster vaccinations for all priority groups, including the general underage population.
The capital said in a notice it would open around 75 vaccination sites for National Immunization Day.
Previously, the national government had adjusted the target for next week’s three-day vaccination campaign to just nine million doses from the initial 15 million due to a syringe shortage and other logistical challenges.
As of November 4, some 28.7 million Filipinos had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 33.7 million were partially vaccinated.
To date, 17,853 active cases of the pathogen remain in the Philippines, where health authorities have recorded 2.83 million coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic.