COVID-19 vaccines

Robredo office links up with Isko Moreno for Manila Vaccine Express

Mara Cepeda
Robredo office links up with Isko Moreno for Manila Vaccine Express

HANDS-ON LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo holds a press conference on February 16, 2021.

File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

(1st UPDATE) Vice President Leni Robredo is now calling for more volunteer doctors and nurses who can help administer the vaccine doses to the beneficiaries

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has partnered with the Manila City government led by Mayor Isko Moreno for the rollout of the Vaccine Express drive-through vaccination site, which aims to bring COVID-19 vaccines to target sectors and communities. 

In a Facebook post on Sunday, June 20, Robredo said the Vaccine Express will be open for Manila’s tricycle, pedicab, and delivery riders from Tuesday, June 22 to Wednesday, June 23. 

“OVP has partnered with the City Government of Manila and Angat Buhay partners for Vaccine Express, bringing vaccination to target sectors and communities. For the first rollout, tricycle, pedicab, and delivery riders from the City of Manila as part of the A4 category will be vaccinated on June 22 and 23,” said the Vice President. 

Robredo has long been eyeing to open drive-through vaccination sites in several localities since the national government kicked off its COVID-19 immunization program. Her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said the OVP decided to bring the project to Manila after Moreno expressed willingness to work with Robredo for the initiative.

The OVP is hoping to bring the Vaccine Express to other interested LGUs.

“[I]t is a project VP Leni is prepared to replicate in any other LGU willing to partner with OVP. Mayor Moreno was open to working with the VP on this, so we implemented the project in Manila with the partnership of the LGU,” Gutierrez told Rappler.

Call for volunteers

Robredo is now calling for more volunteer doctors and nurses who can help administer the vaccine doses to the beneficiaries. 

Interested frontliners can sign up to join the Vaccine Express project through these links:

The Vaccine Express is the latest program launched by the OVP to help fill in the gaps in the national government’s response to the raging coronavirus pandemic.

In March, Robredo’s office kicked off its free mobile antigen testing for areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates. 

The Vice President has long earned earned praise for initiating recovery programs that are quick, efficient, and inclusive despite her office’s measly budget. 

She has also delivered concise remarks that offer concrete solutions to the pandemic, though this has earned her the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has received widespread criticism for mismanaging the country’s pandemic response. 

Robredo has also urged the Duterte administration to hasten the pace of its COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the country.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has logged around 1.36 million cases of COVID-19, with the death toll now at 23,621. Still, about 1.28 million have recovered from the disease.  – Rappler.com

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.