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Isko to Manilans: Register for free COVID vaccination

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno said the COVID-19 vaccine may already be available in the coming months. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has invited residents of Manila to register for the free vaccination via www.manilacovid19vaccine.com, saying the city government expects to roll out its anti-COVID vaccination in the coming months.

Moreno said that an ordinance earlier passed by the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Honey Lacuna and majority floorleader Joel Chua, paved the way for the allotment of P200 million for the purchase of the said vaccines. This, he said, is on top of the vaccine allotment by the national government for the city of Manila.

Moreno thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and National Action Plan vs COVID-19 chief implementer and “vaccine czar,” Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., for all the support the city of Manila has been getting in the effort to fight COVID-19.

According to the mayor, the city government is set to enter into an advanced marketing agreement contract to reserve an initial 400,000 dosage of vaccines for 200,000 residents.

He said medical frontliners will be prioritized in the vaccine rollout, to be followed by senior citizens and finally, ordinary citizens of Manila.

Moreno also bared that a month ago, he, Lacuna and the Manila Health Department under Dr. Poks Pangan already met to polish plans for the process of vaccination once the vaccines become available, while completely following the mandated protocols.

In urging Manilans to register for free vaccination slots, Moreno said it will be voluntary and assured that all processes and vaccines that will be used will be in accordance with what is mandated by the regulatory agencies of the national government.

The mayor assured that while the vaccine is still on the way, free swab and serology testing will continue to be given in the various designated centers in the city.

In line with this development, Moreno reiterated his appeal to Manilans to continue being alert and practicing minimum health protocols, stressing that “COVID is still here.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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