Isko Mayor Isko Moreno continues to encourage Manilans to pre-register as the number has reached more than half a million.Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Isko: More than .5M Manilans seek to avail of free vaccination

May 27, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 128 views

THE number of residents who have pre-registered in Manila to avail of the free mass vaccination against COVID-19 has now breached the 500,000 mark, a staggering increase compared to the first couple of months following its launch on New Year’s eve.

Mayor Isko Moreno said it is a most welcome development and a validation of the effectiveness of the continuous campaign that he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna have been actively waging to convince all Manilans to get vaccinated and of the way the local government’s mass inoculation is being conducted.

“This is a clear indication that the citizens of Manila now have faith in the vaccines and the system being employed in the city, as it continues to jab and give as many as possible the added protection they deserve against COVID-19,” Moreno said.

The mayor added that the total number of pre-registered individuals in Manila has already reached 511,404 as of 1:30 p.m. of May 26.

He assured that as soon as all those in the priority categories have been vaccinated, the city government will swiftly begin entertaining those who have pre-registered but did not qualify in the priority lists.

Currently, those getting inoculated are the healthcare workers or frontliners, senior citizens and persons aged 18 to 59 who have comorbidities. They are classified as A1, A2 and A3, respectively.

Just the same, Moreno said the city of Manila has already deployed a total of 243,864 vaccines as of May 26. Of the number, 171,761 have been vaccinated with their first dose while 72, 103 already received their second dose or are now fully-vaccinated.

Manila bested all other cities in the National Capital Region when it comes to the speedy deployment of vaccines, based on the recent NCR Overall Summary report of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center.

Based on statistics gathered, Manila accounts for nearly 20 percent of the total number of individuals vaccinated in the entire country, which is 979, 136 in all or about 7.28 percent of the country’s total population.