The Quezon City government identified the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Cubao area as its first “mega” vaccination site, capable of administering 1,000 to 1,500 COVID-19 jabs daily.
The city’s public affairs office said in a press statement on Thursday, May 13, that the inoculations at the site, also known as ‘The Big Dome,” will start on Saturday, May 15.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte assured the public that there will be proper ventilation at the indoor vaccination facility to reduce COVID-19 risks.
“The QC local government unit is grateful to the Araneta Group for offering the Big Dome to this program for free. It is a suitable site for a massive and critical government health drive since it offers adequate space and accessibility to both our healthcare workers and the public,” Belmonte said.
The LGU added that the Araneta Group also promised to provide their own medical personnel to assist in the vaccinations of health frontline workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
On May 7, Pasay opened one of the country’s first vaccination hubs in the SM Mall of Asia, capable of administering 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots daily.
Civil society groups have urged the national government “to strengthen community-based and city-based vaccination using idled facilities,” instead of constructing new ones.
“A localized response to the pandemic will help promote local sustainability and boost local economies, especially in communities hit hardest by the pandemic,” civil society organizations said in a statement on May 12.
The statement came amid criticisms of the proposed construction of a “mega” vaccination site on reclaimed land owned by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation in Parañaque.
Groups said such a plan will further deepen vaccine inequality, as people with limited access and mobility options would have difficulties going to a centralized inoculation facility. – Rappler.com