Manila City begins COVID-19 vaccine registration for residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 1, 2021   •   1180

The Manila City Government has opened registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for its residents.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso announced the local government already signed a non-disclosure agreement with pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and AstraZeneca for the vaccine.

He added that the local government and the said companies are waiting for the advanced marketing commitment contract to be finalized to reserve the purchased vaccines.

Domagoso said that they initially plan to purchase 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Health workers will be prioritized for the free vaccination followed by senior citizens.

He also announced that they have launched a website where residents can register if they want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Magpa-reserve na po kayo ng inyong slot sapagkat ang bakuna po ay voluntary. Iyan po ay ipagkakaloob sa inyo nang libre ng inyong pamahalaang lungsod (Reserve your slots because the vaccination is voluntary. It is provided by the city government for free),” he said.

The Manila Mayor also assured that the vaccines that will be used are registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Residents who will register for the COVID-19 vaccination can visit the website and provide the necessary information needed. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Limitasyon sa galaw ng ‘di bakunado vs COVID-19, isinusulong ipatupad sa buong bansa

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inirerekomenda ni testing czar at presidential adviser for COVID-19 response Vince Dizon na ipatupad sa buong bansa ang pagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na pumunta sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Sa gitna ito ng bumibilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso sa bansa at local transmission ng Omicron variant.

“Mr. President, nag-usap na po kami ni Secretary Año, ni Secretary Duque, Secretary Galvez, Secretary Lorenzana na we are recommending that this policy in NCR also be adopted by the entire country even in areas po na hindi pa nagsu-surge dahil alam naman po natin it is really just a matter of time na itong Omicron ay kumalat na sa buong bansa,” ang wika ni Dizon sa pagpupulong ng mga opisyal ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Martes.

Ang rekomedasyon ay batay aniya sa mga ginagawang paghihigpit sa mga bansang nakararanas na ng case surge ng Omicron variant.

“Kung titingnan po natin ang ibang bansa, countries all over the world are restricting the exposure of the unvaccinated. Sa France po, they are cracking down on unvaccinated; Germany, they are locking down unvaccinated people; and even in South Korea po they are now imposing new vaccine passes  para po ano  i-restrict ‘yung movement ng mga unvaccinated,” paliwanag ni Dizon.

Nakatakdang pag-usapan ng IATF ang panukalang ito sa kanilang pagpupulong sa Huwebes.

Ang paglilimita sa galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 ay una nang iminungkahi ng Metro Manila Council sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyon.

Ang naturang resolusyon ay in-adopt na rin ng Regional Task Force against COVID-19 ng CALABARZON na naghihikayat sa lahat ng local task forces sa rehiyon na magpatupad na rin ng limitasyon sa paggalaw ng mga di pa bakunado sa nasasakupang probinsya.

Sa kasalukuyan, 65.63 percent na ng target population ang fully vaccinated at 79.42 percent ang nakatanggap ng at least isang dose ng bakuna. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

 

Ayuda sa mga biktima ng bagyo, dapat maipamahagi ng LGUs sa loob ng 15 araw — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labinlimang araw ang ibinibigay na panahon ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa mga local government unit (LGU) para maipamahagi ang P5,000 na ayuda sa bawat pamilyang labis na naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette.

Ngayong araw inaasahang matatanggap ng LGUs ang pondo para sa emergency assistance.

Ipagkakaloob ang ayuda sa mga low-income family na direktang biktima ng kalamidad. Isang libong piso ang matatanggap kada indibidwal o maximum ng P5,000 kada pamilya.

“Ang panawagan po ng pamahalaan, ipamahagi ang tulong ng pinakamabilis para magamit agad ng ating mga kababayan,” ang wika ni DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Bagaman ang local government unit ang mangangasiwa sa distribusyon, magkakaloob ng technical assistance ang Department of Social Welfare and Development samantalang imomonitor naman ito ng DILG.

Tutulong naman sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa additional manpower ang pwersa ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines kung kinakailangan.

Samantala, inaatasan naman ang mga kinauukulang lokal na pamahalaan na bumuo ng grievance and appeals committee na tatanggap ng mga reklamo kaugnay ng pamamahagi ng financial assistance. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Moderna booster shot, more effective vs COVID-19 Omicron-variant

Maris Federez   •   December 21, 2021

Biotechnology company Moderna has announced that based on its preliminary data, a half-dose booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine increases antibody levels against the Omicron variant compared to a fully vaccinated person who has not received a booster shot.

A larger dose of Moderna booster, the company said, provides a higher level of antibody.

At present, a 50-microgram dose of Moderna vaccine is being administered as a booster.

Moderna has assured that the company will fast-track the clinical testing of Omicron-specific boosters to fight the more transmissible variant.

Aside from Moderna, other vaccine makers continue to develop variant-specific booster shots. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Kath Dumaraos)

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