MANILA – The city government of Manila started administering the China-made Sinovac coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines to its senior citizens on Thursday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Sinovac use on the elderly “after considering the recommendation of the experts and the current situation of high Covid-19 transmission and limited available vaccines.”
“Natigil kasi ang bakunahan sa senior gawa ng naubos na ang AstraZeneca. (The vaccination for senior citizens was stopped because we ran out of AstraZeneca). From the Director General of the FDA himself, Dr. Eric Domingo, we were informed that Sinovac is now allowed for senior citizens,” Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said during his Facebook live update late Wednesday.
The mayor also asked village chairpersons and other officials to help senior citizens by picking them up from their houses and accompanying them to vaccination sites if needed.
“Vaccination should be preceded by an evaluation of the persons’ health status and exposure risk to assure that benefits of vaccination outweigh risks,” the FDA statement read.
Also starting Thursday, the city government expanded the number of vaccination sites to accommodate more people.
From three sites, 20 vaccination sites have been opened in the city to cater to more Manileños who wish to receive the Covid-19 jabs.
The vaccination sites are the following:
District 1 – Emilio Jacinto Elementary School, Isabelo Delos Reyes Elementary School, and Vicente Lim Elementary School
District 2 – Pres. Sergio Osmena High School, Francisco Benitez Elementary School, and Plaridel Elementary School
District 3 – Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, Pedro Guevarra Elementary School, and Apolinario Mabini Elementary School
District 4 – Ramon Magsaysay High School, General Malvar Elementary School, and Graciano Lopez Jaena Elementary School
District 5 – Rafael Palma Elementary School, Justo Lucban Elementary School, Benigno Aquino Elementary School, Manila City Hall, and Palacio de Maynila in Roxas Boulevard, and
District 6 – Jacinto Zamora Elementary School, Sta. Ana Elementary School, and EARIST High School
The vaccination rollout will be for A1 individuals or medical front-liners, A2 or senior citizens, and A3 or those between 18 to 59 years old with comorbidities.
Domagoso said some Manila City Hall Employees and members of the Manila Police District involved in the distribution of assistance have been upgraded to A1 so they will also be vaccinated.
As of April 7, Manila beneficiaries of vaccines have reached 52,084. (PNA)