Makati residents to get free COVID-19 vaccines – Mayor Binay

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2021   •   1367

MANILA, Philippines — All residents of Makati City will be provided with COVID-19 vaccine for free, Mayor Abby Binay announced on Monday.

Binay said the city government has allotted P1 billion budget for the COVID-19 vaccine which wll be procured once it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution and use.

The mayor said the local government is currently preparing an online registration system to be accessed by Makati residents availing of the free COVID-19 vaccine.

Guidelines for the online registration will be announced soon, Binay added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Mga pulitiko at non-frontliners na nagpabakuna vs COVID-19, paiimbestigahan – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   March 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Paiimbestigahan ng Department of Health (DOH) ang ilang pulitiko at non-frontliners na umano’y nagpaturok ng Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines sa ilalim ng vaccination roll out ng pamahalaan kahit wala naman sila sa priority list.

Ayon kay Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, prayoridad ng vaccination program ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng bakuna ang healthcare workers alinsunod sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID).

“Hindi ko pa kasi nakikita yung listahan na yan but we will have it investigated kung papaanong nangyari because malinaw naman yung ating prioritization formula na nakalagay po doon mga healthcare workers lang,” ang wika ni Duque.

Nilinaw naman ng pinuno ng DOH na hindi kasali sa polisiya sina vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon at Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos.

Aniya, pinakiusapan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang tatlo na magpabakuna sa layuning pataasin ang kumpiyansa ng publiko sa COVID-19 vaccine.

“’Yang mga ‘yan, pinakiusapan mismo ni Pangulo para lang ang kaniyang pakay, tumaas ang vaccine confidence. So, hindi naman yan parang napakadami, parang tatlong doses lang yan over 600,000,” ng pahayag ni Duque.

Samantala, nagpahayag naman ng suporta ang ilang Metro Manila mayors sa panawagan ng DOH na unahin ang frontline workers sa vaccine rollout at saka na lamang sila magpabakuna kapag natapos na ang vaccination sa mga nasa priority list.

Ayon sa DOH, ang sinomang lumabag sa polisiya ay dapat isangguni sa IATF upang mapatawan ng kaukulang aksyon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

More frontliners in Manila register for city’s COVID-19 vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—More frontliners in the city of Manila have pre-registered for the city’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said that the number of registrants increased from the initial 200 to 1,900 on Monday when the government launched its vaccination drive.

This is almost half of the total number of medical frontliners in six government hospitals in the city.

Maraming na-inspire na mga doctor at nurses. So, umakyat ng 1,900 ang aming nagparehistro. So, kaya ang payo ko, don’t miss the opportunity. Ang pinakamabisang bakuna ay ang bakunang nasa braso mo (A lot of doctors and nurses were inspired so 1,900 registered. My advice is to not miss the opportunity. The most effective vaccine is the vaccine injected in your arm), he said.

Domagoso assured vaccine registrants they can still choose the brand of vaccine they want to receive.

An initial 3,000 Sinovac vaccine vials have been delivered to Manila City which will be administered to 1,500 individuals. The city government aims to vaccinate one of the two doses within the week.

Meanwhile, Domagoso said he is waiting for a proper clearance before getting vaccinated as policy states that medical frontliners are the priority for the COVID-19 vaccines. AAC

Duterte to seek doctor’s OK on getting COVID-19 vaccination in public – Bong Go

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will get a clearance from his doctor on whether he should get vaccinated against COVID-19 in public, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Friday.

Go, former top aide of Duterte, said he spoken with the president who is still considering the plan to get publicly inoculated to boost vaccine confidence.

He also said that he is willing to join the chief executive in getting COVID-19 jabs to set an example and to convince Filipinos of the vaccines’ safety.

“Nagkausap rin po kami ni Pangulong Duterte, kapag nagbigay na po ng clearance ang kanyang mga doktor, ay willing po kami magpabakuna po sa publiko. Siya po bilang Presidente, ako po bilang senador,” he told reporters in Thursday after the opening of a Malasakit Center in Ilocos Norte.

“Hindi naman po ibig sabihin kami po ay prayoridad, mas gusto po naming mabakunahan ang mga mahihirap ngunit kailangan nating makuha po ang kumpiyansa ng bawat Pilipino para pumayag din po silang magpabakuna,” he added.

Malacañang in January said the president wants to get vaccine shots in private.

The government is expecting to receive the initial batch of COVID-19 vaccines next week. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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