MANILA – More than 36,000 senior citizens in the city of Manila have received their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines as of Friday.
The total accounts for 24.15 percent of the city’s estimated 150,000 senior citizen residents.
The Manila Health Department (MHD) noted that since March 28, a total of 36,231 in the A2 priority group got their first doses, with 13,815 of them now fully vaccinated.
AstraZeneca jabs were also given to the A2 and A3 (with comorbidities) groups this week.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, in his Facebook live update, said that based on his commitment to his constituents, vaccines received from the national government are immediately deployed through the MHD and the six district hospitals.
As of Thursday, 151,659 vaccine doses for the A1 (medical front-liners), A2, and A3 priority groups have been deployed.
“I’m very proud of the Manila Health Department for doing an effective vaccination deployment. If I may borrow the statement of Health Undersecretary (Myrna) Cabotaje, sabi niya, hindi naman daw mabagal ‘yung vaccine, mabilis lang daw ‘yung Maynila. ‘Di ba good news yun? Para maturukan ko na ang A4 kasi matagal na kami sa A1, A2, A3. Para ma-elevate tayo, kailangan (she said the vaccine delivery is not slow. Manila is fast. Isn’t that good news? So we can proceed to the A4 category because it’s been some time that we’ve been vaccinating the A1, A2, and A3 groups. We need) effective, efficient, fast deployment of the vaccine,” he said. (PNA)