THE Department of Health (DOH) has lauded the COVID-19 vaccination facility built by the Marikina City government for the inoculation of residents with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Amelia Medina, medical officer of the Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR), lauded the fully airconditioned Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Facility of Marikina, calling it an “ideal site” for Pfizer vaccines.
“This one is a very ideal place for Pfizer vaccinations, iyong lamig, ‘yung environment . Makikita niyo po, napakaayos, may social distancing,” Medina said during an inspection on Wednesday..
“Ang gusto na lang po natin iparating sa iba ay sana po lahat ay ganoon sa Marikina. Bago po sila nagbakuna ng Pfizer vaccines ay pinakita muna nila sa amin,” Medina added.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said the local government has established a specialized vaccination facility within the city’s mega vaccination center at the Marikina Sports Complex for the Pfizer vaccines in order to comply with the jab’s stringent requirements.
Teodoro added the national government has allocated 5,700 doses of Pfizer vaccines to Marikina for those listed in the priority group category of the country’s immunization drive against COVID-19 which was set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The mayor hopes that more Pfizer vaccines would be allocated for Marikina in order to quickly vaccinate more people as soon as possible and provide them with the protection given by the vaccine.
“Inaasahan natin na bago maubos yung unang batch na inallocate ay makakapagdagdag na ng panibagong batch ng pfizer para sa Marikina lalo na ngayon na sinabi na rin ng DOH at ng National Vaccination Operation Center na hindi lang qualified ang Marikina kundi very ideal ang setup ng Marikina para sa pagamit ng Pfizer,” he said.
While the mayor appreciates the public’s growing confidence on the vaccines, Teodoro said people should pre-register with the City Health Office so that they can be included in the master list of vaccine recipients as walk-in is not allowed to prevent overcrowding and ensure that social distancing will be followed.
“Pre-registration ang gagawin natin, walang walk-in para sa pfizer dahil nakita naman natin, ang pag administer nito ay per batch at may Tamang temperatura dapat,” he said.
“Kaya ang mangyayari hindi tayo mag-eentertain ng walk-in kundi lahat ng gustong makatanggap ng bakunang pfizer ay kailangan mag pre-register at kung talagang preference niya ito Merong maayos na queueing at may maayos na registration na dapat masunod,” he added.
“Magbubukas tayo ng isa pang vaccination center na kayang magbakuna ng mga 1,500 hanggang 2,000 indibidwal dito sa Sto. Nino Elementary School. Ito ay magbubukas marahil sa susunod na linggo,” he said.
With expected opening of the new vaccination site, the mayor said that the city’s average number of individuals inoculated per day would increase to around 4,500 persons daily.
“Gusto natin itong gawin sapagkat ang target natin sa loob ng anim na buwan pagdating ng buwan ng nobyembre ngayong taon ay makapag establish na tayo ng herd o population immunity,” he said.