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San Juan senior citizens start getting Sinovac jabs

FOLLOWING the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the use of China –made Sinovac vaccine on senior citizens, the local government of San Juan City started its inoculation for the elderly on Monday.

The vaccination was conducted at the city’s vaccination center – FilOil Flying V Center (San Juan Arena).

Mayor Francis Zamora observed the first day of the vaccination of senior citizens with SinoVac.

San Juan City will follow the guidelines set by our experts in our rollout. With the inoculation of senior citizens, a stringent set of rules are in place which we will make sure we implement in the city,” Mayor Zamora said.

Zamora added, the supply of AstraZeneca in the city has already ran out with the vaccine initially offered to both healthcare workers and senior citizens.

Based on records, around 4,407 healthcare workers were inoculated or 120.51% of the 3,657 target healthcare workers who initially registered at the city’s special healthcare workers’ registration, 1,038 senior citizens or 11.99% of the 8,657 registered senior citizens at the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, and 2,068 persons with comorbidities, out of the total of 7,513 or 8.8% of the target population of 85,400 or 70% of the total population to achieve herd immunity.

As long as the vaccines keep on coming, we will continue to vaccinate our constituents. I advise San Juaneños to take whatever vaccine is available. The vaccines are there to protect us and with us protected, we also protect our loved ones,” the mayor declared.

On Sunday, San Juan City received another 1,000 doses of Sinovac from the National Government, augmenting its dwindling supply of Sinovac as acceptance of the China-made vaccines increased in the past weeks.

As of 5pm of April 11, 2021, 51,419 San Juaneños have registered at the city’s vaccination registry or 60.21% of the target population of 85,400.