Metro Manila residents who cannot secure a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with their local government unit can now try to get a slot in other LGUs of the capital region which have a near-completion rate in inoculations.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos said Pateros and Mandaluyong City have begun implementing the We Vax as One project, which seeks to accommodate vaccine applicants from other LGUs of the National Capital Region.
Mandaluyong City and Pateros have administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 100% of their target populations as of early August. The two localities are also among those leading in terms of full-dose vaccinations, based on Rappler’s tracker.
“Ang plano namin, talagang magtutulungan kami, para iyong nai-set up namin, [hindi masayang]. Iyong manpower namin, doktor namin, inoculators namin, nandiyan na iyan eh,” Abalos told Super Radyo on Tuesday, August 24.
(Our plan is to help each other so that our vaccination setup and manpower – doctors and inoculators – won’t be for nothing.)
Other cities in the metropolis that are ahead in terms of vaccinations are San Juan and Marikina.
Abalos said San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora wants to finish inoculation of their residents and workers first before accepting non-residents.
Abalos also noted that Metro Manila residents who are keen on getting vaccinated in another city in the region must first secure a slot online.
“Registration is very important, no walk-in,” said Abalos, who also serves as coordinator for the 17 mayors in NCR.
As of Sunday, August 22, 43% or 4,262,546 residents in NCR have completed two vaccine doses, out of the eligible population of 9,800,000.
The intensified immunization efforts come as the metropolis races to contain the COVID-19 Delta variant. – Rappler.com