The Manila City government is set to operate 24/7 vaccination sites during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain the COVID-19 Delta variant threat, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno announced on August 2. (Read: Here’s The Truth About The Delta COVID-19 Variant That You Should Know)
In a Facebook post, the Manila mayor said that the Manila Health Department is looking for doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, medical technologists, pharmacists, and other licensed allied health professionals to be deployed in the city’s vaccination sites, as well as graduates of any computer course, to serve as encoders.
“Kung sinumang lisensiyadong puwedeng magbakuna, idu-duty ko kayo sa gabi to replenish our workforce, our medical front-liners during the daytime,” Domagoso said during an interview at the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the Dr. Alejandro Albert Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila.
Those who are interested in volunteering in the 24/7 vaccination drive may contact the following numbers: 09951069524 (Globe) and 09606040771 (Smart). (Read: Common COVID-19 Vaccine Fake News And Myths–Debunked!)
24/7 Vaccination for NCR
Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Metro Manila may implement 24/7 vaccinations during the two-week enhanced community quarantine to fast-track the country’s vaccination drive.
“Yes, I am amenable to that. In fact, we will employ additional law enforcement officers in vaccination sites to ensure that there (is) order in the vaccination. Including personnel from BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection), we will have standby ambulances,” he said as reported by CNN Philippines.
“Twenty-four hours a day is okay with me para matapos yung at least four million vaccines. Kung may madadagdag pa mas mabuti,” Año added.
2.5 million vaccines
According to Malacañang, Metro Manila will be given at least 2.5 million more vaccines to be administered during the two-week ECQ period.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered in its Resolution No. 130-A that the national government should “ensure sufficient vaccine supply of up to four million doses for the National Capital Region (NCR), and additional 2.5 million doses for Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.”
The resolution, which was signed on July 29, also ordered local governments in those areas to ramp up their vaccination drive to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. (Read: Survey Says More Filipinos Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine)
The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated that walk-ins are not allowed and all vaccinations must be scheduled to avoid mass gatherings.
DOH also announced that local governments in Metro Manila can vaccinate any person who is willing to get a COVID-19 shot, even if they are not included in eligible priority groups, including individuals who are not from their areas following the “no wrong door” policy.
In a Rappler news report, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “Lahat ng gusto magpabakuna maari na magpabakuna pero depende pa rin kasi ‘yan sa supply.” (Read: 3 Things to Do After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine)
Vergeire also urged the local governments to provide transportation to vaccines and reminded that vaccination sites should be spacious and have adequate ventilation and implement health protocols.