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Vaccination vs Covid in Manila ends this April – Mayor Honey

Honey Lacuna and Arnold 'Poks' Pangan
Mayor Honey Lacuna announces that vaccination against COVID in the city of Manila will be up to the end of April only. With her is Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan (JERRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the city government’s vaccination against COVID-19 will be up to April 2023 only.

The reason for this, she said, is that the local government is just using up all its remaining vaccines as nearly no one is getting the shots anymore.

Despite this, Lacuna continues to encourage those who have not gotten the primary vaccines or booster shots to already go to their respective health centers and register for vaccination.

“Humabol po kayo sa ating mga health center habang available pa ang mga pambakuna sa COVID dahil balita ko, mauubos na, the lady mayor said, citing a report given by Manila Health Department (MHD) Director Dr. Poks Pangan that the vaccines available may last only until this month of April.

“Sabi ng MHD, hanggang Abril na lang ang bakuna for COVID kaya habang may panahon pa, magtungo na kayo,” she said.

The mayor also urged those who may still want to get jabbed to bring others who are also interested in availing of the COVID vaccination, explaining that each small bottle or vial contains six doses, so that there have to be six patients present for one vial to be opened.

In the case of kids aged five to 11, she said that ten must be vaccinated, so that she is appealing to the parents or guardians of children belonging to the said age group to have the said minors listed in the health centers so that if the required number is completed, vaccines will be immediately sent to the center for deployment.

“Pagpapaunawa lang po na ang isang boteng maliit o vial ay naglalaman ng anim na doses so dapat, 6 patients din ang mabakunahan. So, kung tutungo kayo sa health ctr at di mabakunahan, ibig sabihin di kayo anim na kata,” she said.

“Hindi kasi pwede na magbukas ng isang vial na di kumpleto kasi masasayang ang bakuna. Hindi na ito pupwedeng ibalik o ilagay sa ref dahil 6 hours lang ang buhay ng bakuna. Pag binuksan ang isang vial, dapat anim ang mabakunahan otherwise, wastage na, sayang naman ang bakuna,” Lacuna explained further.

The lady mayor, who is also a doctor, noted that among the minors, those who have completed their vaccines is only 43 percent.

In the case of adults, while the total of those who have already been vaccinated with primary shots is at 44.3 percent, the number of those getting the booster shots is low, at 62.5 percent for the first booster and only 8.20 percent for the second.

Lacuna further lamented that even in the case of senior citizens, the number of hose who have completed their primary and booster shots is way below the total number of elderly living in the city which is over 159,000.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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