Isko1 Mayor Isko Moreno visits the mass booster vaccination of two-wheeled drivers at the Bonifacio Shrine where (not in photo) Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Dennis Viaje also assisted. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Bike, MC riders get booster shots in Manila’s drive-thru vax

January 8, 2022 Itchie G. Cabayan 235 views

A special drive-thru vaccination hub dedicated just for bicycles and motorcycles was ordered created by Manila Mayor and Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate Isko Moreno for purposes of administering booster shots.

Moreno thanked the nearly 1,000 members of various bike and motorcycle riders’ organizations who took advantage of the offer, which he said is meant to provide them extra protection against COVID-19.

The mayor said that with the assistance of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Dennis Viaje, the administration of booster shots was successfully done at the Kartilya ng Katipunan side of Bonifacio Shrine beside the Manila City Hall yesterday and was carried out from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The said venue, Moreno said, was perfect in that it was not only done in an open-air setting, but is also spacious enough and will spare the riders from having to pay any parking fees such as when they have to take the shots in a shopping mall.

The site, according to Moreno, was created to entertain all those driving two-wheeled forms of transportation, regardless of where they reside and could be repeated should the need arise.

In the said vaccination, the riders were merely required to present their vaccination IDs regardless of where they got their two full doses.

“Bigyan po natin ng dagdag-proteksyon ang ating sarili laban sa COVID-19 sa tulong ng pagbabakuna ng booster shots. Umasa naman po kayo na kasama ninyo ang buong pamahalaan ng lungsod ng Maynila dito sa pandemya na ito,” Moreno said.

He added that the city government has in its storage facility around 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, consisting of all brands and that the “open policy” remains in Manila.

“Kahit hindi taga-Maynila ay welcome magpa-bakuna. Ang COVID, walang pinipili. Mas madami tayong maproteksyunan, mas mabuti… Ang hiling lang namin ay maging responsible kayo at kami naman ni Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna ay patuloy na magiging masinop at episyente sa pagbibigay-serbisyo sa inyo,” Moreno said.

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