Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday said she has ordered the City Health Department to vaccinate all individuals residing and working in closed and long-term care facilities.
Belmonte issued the order after the city’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) submitted a report on 13 facilities it has visited and surveyed so far.
The said facilities include orphanages, home care facilities, apostolate centers, and rehabilitation centers among others.
According to CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, the 13 facilities have an estimated 1,027 employees and clients, 594 of which have yet to receive a first dose of COVID vaccine.
“We are working closely with the city’s vaccination team so inoculation can be done at the soonest possible time,” Cruz said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Belmonte confirmed she has seen media reports about the deaths of some nuns from the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Cubao, which reported a COVID-19 outbreak.
However, the city has yet to receive official information from the facility itself.
“On behalf of the city government, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the whole RVM community for losing some of their sisters to COVID,” said Belmonte.
She assured that the local government remains committed to extending assistance and support to all closed and long-term care facilities in the city “to control infection and to prevent deaths from possible future outbreaks.”
Belmonte earlier said she has ordered for the issuance of guidelines that seek to improve the infectious disease resiliency of these facilities through better ventilation.
The guidelines will also help closed and long-term care facilities retrofit their buildings and reduce COVID transmission, she added.