Zamboanga City sets up biggest vaccination site at bus terminal

The Zamboanga City Health Office opened its biggest coronavirus vaccination site at the city’s Integrated Bus Terminal as it stepped up its campaign to vaccinate more people.

City health officer Dr. Dulce Miravite on Monday, November 15, said the terminal is an addition to the city’s vaccination sites, which include two popular fast food branches, two malls, and several community health centers.

Miravite said 942 walk-ins have been vaccinated at the terminal since it was opened to the public on Saturday, November 13. Among them were frontline health workers who took advantage of the facility last weekend because no bus trips were scheduled at that time.

Rafael Derrick Evangelista, supervising transportation regulation officer in the city, said it was a wise move to set up a vaccination site at the terminal because it is spacious and the social distancing rule can be observed there.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario of the Zamboanga City Inter-Agency Task Force also said they hope to administer vaccine doses to people from nearby areas.

Zamboanga City has so far vaccinated 219,078 people or 31.5% of its 694,696 target population as of this posting.

The city will be placed under the looser general community quarantine classification effective Tuesday, November 16, due to the improving public health situation.

The newly documented COVID-19 cases in Zamboanga registered at 58 on Saturday, an improvement compared to the three-digit single-day average during the surge in recent weeks. –

Frencie Carreon is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship

Frencie Carreon

Carreon is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.