Isko Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna call on parents and guardians to have minor family members vaccinated. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Caroling no longer banned in Manila

November 5, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 276 views

CAROLING will not be banned in Manila.

However, Mayor Isko Moreno said he is not keen on encouraging it, since it could be a super spreader activity and usually involves youngsters who are considered high risk individuals in so far as getting infected with COVID-19 is concerned.

“Sa mga magulang, alam ko, gusto nyo nang maiba ang environment ng mga bata. Ang pakiusap ko, hindi ko naman ipagbabawal pero hanggat maari, ‘wag nyo muna payagan,” Moreno said.

He added: “I want the spirit of Christmas to be the symbol of hope sa mga tao kasi ‘yun ang kinakapitan natin ngayon but at the same time, pwede nating gawin na tayo ay maging responsableng magulang.”

The mayor also appealed to all Manilans to be responsible in the wake of the lifting of the curfew hours and continue practicing the basic health protocols like wearing of face masks, washing of hands and proper physical distancing.

Too, Moreno continued calling on parents and guardians to have their children and wards, respectively, vaccinated.

He said the inoculation of the general population of minors aged 12 to 17 continued yesterday not only at the six city-run hospitals but also in the four shopping malls designated as vaccination hubs.

Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is in charge of the city’s mass vaccination program along with Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan, said the hospitals are operating for the purpose from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For each hospital, 500 doses were allocated.

Lacuna said the malls that will serve as vaccination hubs are SM Manila, SM San Lazaro, Lucky Chinatown and Robinson’s Place and that for each, 750 doses are allotted. In the malls, jabs are administered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Only one companion per minor is allowed and proof of relation to the vaccine recipient must be shown through a valid ID.

The minors, she said, are required to bring a birth or baptismal certificate, school ID, PWD ID, and a signed consent and assent form. Those with comorbidities must present a medical certificate with doctor’s signature.

Meanwhile, Lacuna said the first dose vaccination of adults under A1 to A5 priority groups was simultaneously held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 45 health centers in Districts 1 to 6 and 200 doses were allotted for each center.