As the vaccination programs of both the government and the private sector are continuously happening, the Kalookan Diocese has opened the doors of all the churches under it to serve as vaccination sites. All churches in Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas will be available to use as vaccination sites for different vaccination drives.
According to Fr. Rene Richard Bernardo of the diocese’s clergy health care and welfare office, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David directed all the churches to open. “Our churches are being considered as vaccination sites even as many are already participating in the parish vaccination programs,” Fr. Bernardo said. (Read: No ‘Merry Christmas’ for Pinoys if Delta Variant Spreads)
He added that this is the diocese’s way to help “expedite the process and save more lives.” They have also offered the churches for similar or related activities.
Enhanced community quarantine
Since July 31, all churches in the National Capital Region (NCR) had been closed to the public. It was ordered by the different Metro Manila dioceses in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, and the declaration of an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in NCR from August 6 to 20.
A select number of parishes, specifically in Paranaque, remained open for wake and funeral masses that are non-COVID related. But other church activities such as the weekly Sunday Holy Mass have switched to virtual platforms to curb the spread of the virus. (Read: Metro Manila Dioceses To Hold Virtual Masses Until August 20)
“We need to do our part. Let us get vaccinated, wear face mask and face shield, and practice proper handwashing,” Fr. Bernardo said. He also reminded the public to not let their guards down and continue observing minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields, even if they are already vaccinated against the coronavirus.