QC to open 37K online slots for one-day vaccination drive on Sept. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2021   •   313

The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced it will open around 37,000 online slots for residents who have yet to receive their first dose of COVID vaccine during its one-day vaccination drive on Thursday, Sept. 23.

In a statement, the city government said that online booking will start on Tuesday under the QC Vax Easy Plus system. Residents and workers will have the option of selecting the vaccination time and venue convenient to them, pending vaccine availability.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the system is an upgrade that enables citizens to quickly book their preferred COVID-19 vaccination appointments amid the rise in new cases.

She also hopes that the system will reduce the number of “defaulters” or those who have been given slots by the city but don’t show up at the site because the time and date assigned to them doesn’t suit their schedule.

“We must remember that our vaccines are sensitive. All allocated vaccines for the day must be used up so their integrity is not compromised by having to transport them back to the cold storage facility, then later to the site again,” Belmonte said.

Individuals interested in signing up for the city’s vaccination program are encouraged visit the site at https://qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph/qcvaxeasy.

City Administrator Mike Alimurung said the guest user option is intended for individuals who don’t want to go through the process of creating an account.

“But having an account under the E-Services portal will be useful in the future, especially as we are in the process of migrating our transactions online,” advised Alimurung.

To date, the city government has administered around three million doses of vaccines for both first and second doses.

Bongbong Marcos camp says sorry for heavy traffic during caravan in QC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of presidential hopeful Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has apologized to the public over the heavy traffic brought by the caravan they held in Quezon City on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson Attorney Victor Rodriguez said the organizers of the caravan did not expect the large number of people joining the event.

“Humihingi na rin ng paumanhin at pang-unawa ang BBM-Sara UniTeam sa mga motorista, byahero, pamahalaang lungsod at maging sa MMDA kung ang nasabing Unity Caravan ay nagdulot ng pagsikip sa daloy ng trapiko,” he said.

Marcos and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte kicked off their caravan along the Commonwealth Avenue along with their supporters riding motorcycles and other vehicles.

The Quezon City government earlier advised motorists along Commonwealth Avenue, Elliptical Road, and Quezon Avenue to take alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic due to the political caravan.

Meanwhile, the camp of Marcos expressed gratitude to the city government for its assistance during the caravan, despite difference in political beliefs.

“Nagpapasalamat ang BBM-Sara Uniteam sa mga tulong na inihanda ng pamahalaang lungsod sa pamumuno ni Mayor Joy Belmonte para sa okasyon na ginanap ngayong araw (Disyembre 8),” Rodriguez said.

“At nagpupugay ang tambalang Bongbong Marcos at Sara Duterte sa pakikiisa ng lahat na taga-lungsod Quezon, maging anoman ang kanilang paniniwalang pulitikal, sa nasabing pagtitipon,” he added.

The caravan was spearheaded by Anakalusugan party-list Representative Mike Defensor, who is running for Quezon City mayor, along with his running mate Councilor Winnie Castelo, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and other city officials.

PH gov’t eyeing to administer 7 million COVID-19 jabs in second vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is aiming to administer seven million COVID-19 vaccine jabs for the second round of nationwide vaccination drive, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.

The second mass immunization campaign is scheduled from December 15 to 17.

“Ang tina-target natin dito, mga 7 million para second dose, para maabot yung ating pinupuntiryang 54 million by the end of the year na bigyan ng kumpletong bakuna,” Duque said in a televised public briefing.

This target is lower than the first vaccination drive conducted last November 29 to December 1 and later extended until December 3.

The government had hoped to inoculate 9 million people during the first three-day immunization campaign. More than 10 million were vaccinated in the extended drive.

The vaccination drive was launched in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate to achieve population protection against COVID-19.

So far, more than 38 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated out of the 91.7 million doses administered since the immunization was rolled out in March.

The number of individuals who have received their first dose rose to 56.7 million.

The government is aiming to fully vaccinate at least 54 million by the end of the year.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed hope that the second vaccination drive will also be successful.

“We will have a second round of Bayanihan Bakunahan from December 15 to 17. I hope that we would have the same success. But this time lesser because parang naubos na natin ang Pilipino sa ‘yung what counts sa bakuna kaya medyo there’s a slowdown of the COVID-19,” he said.

He also expressed optimism that the Philippines will be able to overcome the pandemic amid increasing vaccination rate in the country.

Duterte: 10.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in 5-day vax drive

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – More than 10 million COVID-19 vaccines were administered during the five-day nationwide immunization drive, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

“Iyong bakuna nakita naman ninyo, we were able to administer 10.2 million doses throughout the country from November 29 to December 3, which is a huge achievement in our fight against COVID-19,” Duterte said during his pre-taped public address that aired late Monday.

The government had hoped to inoculate 9 million people during the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” initiative initially set from November 29 to December 1 but was later extended until December 3 to accommodate more people.

The vaccination drive was launched in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate to achieve population protection against COVID-19.

So far, more than 38 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated since the immunization was rolled out in March.

The number of individuals who have received their first dose rose to 56.7 million.

The government is aiming to fully vaccinate at least 54 million by the end of the year.

With the increasing vaccination rate, Duterte expressed optimism that the country will be able to overcome the pandemic.

“Better days ahead because since December 1, we have been on average of 500 to 600 and the number of active cases continues to go down. I’m talking about the COVID,” he said.

Duterte thanked concerned government agencies, doctors and volunteers for the successful conduct of the Bayanihan Bakunahan.

“We will have a second round of Bayanihan Bakunahan from December 15 to 17,” he said in announcing the new round of vaccination campaign.

“I hope that we would have the same success. But this time lesser because parang naubos na natin ang Pilipino sa ‘yung what counts sa bakuna kaya medyo there’s a slowdown of the COVID-19,” he said.

 

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