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Manila sets vaccination record

Isko Moreno and Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at work together. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

THE city of Manila set another record, exceeding its own, in terms of number of residents vaccinated in just one day and remains to lead as the city in the entire nation with the most number of vaccinees so far.
Mayor Isko Moreno reported that a total of 11,881 residents were vaccinated the other day (April 8) in the rollout that was done simultaneously in 18 designated sites by the city government, under the direct supervision of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is also a doctor. Normally, he said that the total vaccinations per day reaches over 8,000. Of the 11,881 vaccinated in one day last Thursday, 5,607 were given as first dose for seniors; 3913 as first dose for persons aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities and 2,361 also as first dose for medical workers.

The grand total of persons jabbed since the program began last month has now reached 63,346 covering medical and health frontliners, senior citizens and those aged 18-59 with comorbidities.

In a related development, Moreno advised those positive but asymptomatic or have nothing but mild symptoms, not to go straight to city hospitals where those who are severe and in critical condition are being prioritized.

This, as he announced that the current occupancy rate of the COVID bed capacity in the six city-run hospitals is now at least 71 percent and rising.

Moreno said that instead of going to the hospital, the persons concerned should instead coordinate with their barangay which, in turn, will seek assistance from the Manila Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) and help bring them to the nearest quarantine facility if they do not have enough space to isolate inside their homes.

“If you are symptomatic but mild, go to our quarantine facilities. Me mga doktor din doon aabatan kayo in case you need care. This is to prioritize in the medical institutions those who are under severe and critical condition,” Moreno said.

He added: “Pag may espasyo sa bahay, you may stay home but avoid interaction with household members.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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