NCR LGUs optimistic on vax rollout despite limited supply

NCR LGUs optimistic on vax rollout despite limited supply

MANILA – Local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila remain optimistic to hit their vaccination rollout targets despite the limited supply of Covid-19 vaccines.

Pasay City government has vaccinated 44 percent out of its 70 percent target eligible population for the inoculation program.

Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said the city government has administered a total of 188,035 doses of Covid-19 jabs as of Wednesday.

Based on the latest data of the Pasay City epidemiology and disease surveillance unit, the local government has recorded zero Covid-19 deaths from June 22 to July 7.

Pasay has logged 59 active cases bringing the total confirmed cases to 14,607 with 14,157 recoveries and 391 deaths.

Rubiano said they are now prioritizing the utilization of second doses due to the limited vaccine supply, but assured to speed up vaccination once a large volume of jab becomes available.

In Marikina, the city government will suspend giving first shots of Sinovac vaccine to its residents starting Friday, following the national government’s recent announcement that the delivery will be delayed due to logistics concerns.

The China-made jabs will be delivered within the third week of July.

Mayor Marcelino Teodoro earlier expressed the readiness of the city government to increase its vaccination capacity once more vaccines become available.

“Meron kaming facility. Meron na kaming mga doctor. May manning kami (We have the facility. We have doctors. We have manning), but we need the supply of vaccines. Kung 10,000 a day kami, siguro mga 21 days lang may herd immunity na kami (If we can vaccinate 10,000 a day, we only need 21 days to have herd immunity),” Teodoro said.

The city government has converted the Marikina Sports Complex into a mega vaccination facility, which can accommodate around 7,000 to 10,000 individuals daily.

In Pasig, Mayor Vico Sotto said the city government will stop operating some of its vaccination sites this week due to a shortage of Covid-19 jabs.

A total of 179,679 residents received their first doses while 75,664 individuals are fully vaccinated as of July 5.

“We have hit the quarter-million jab mark! 75,000 have received their 2nd dose. Unfortunately, we will have to close several vaccination sites this week, since we only have 11,000 remaining on hand for 1st dose,” Sotto said.

The city’s daily vaccination rate is at more than 6,000, he added. 

The San Juan City government, meanwhile, is ready to open another vaccination center to hasten the inoculation of its residents, but they are still waiting for more vaccine supply.

Mayor Francis Zamora said 73,987 of the city’s 85,400 targets eligible population have been vaccinated against the Covid-19.

In Mandaluyong, 58.97 percent out 325,000 eligible population have received Covid-19 jab, as of Wednesday.

The city has administered a total of 274,879 doses.

Mayor Carmelita Abalos said the city government is giving “Relax, We’re Vaxed” seals to every household whose members have received Covid-19 vaccines.

The Taguig City government has also suspended the inoculation of residents with the first dose for two weeks due to lack of new jabs supply.

“As directed by the National Covid-19 Vaccine Operations Center (NVOC) Advisory No. 62, amid the delays in the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Taguig City is temporarily suspending the online and group scheduling for first doses, and prioritizing the administration of second doses for the next two weeks,” the city said in an advisory Wednesday.

“By prioritizing second dosers, Taguig City is set to fully vaccinate 50,000 Taguigeños or eight percent of the total population of the city this week. Rest assured that the administration of Covid-19 first doses will resume as soon as vaccine supply stabilizes,” it said.

Taguig has vaccinated 276,368 individuals with the first dose or 40.6 percent out of the city’s 680,000 aim, as of July 6.

The Valenzuela City government also suspended giving out vaccination appointment letters and administering first doses this week, while waiting for the new vaccine supply.

The Antipolo City government temporarily halt vaccination of walk-in residents and administering the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA)

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