Isko Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan visit a vaccination site in the city. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Isko: No COVID jab breaks in Manila

May 18, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 352 views

WHEN it comes to vaccination, there will be no holidays, no Saturdays, no Sundays.

This is as far as the city of Manila is concerned, as Mayor Isko Moreno assured that the vaccination program, with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at its helm, will not rest as long as there are vaccines available in the city.

Moreno also announced that the total vaccines deployed on Monday alone reached an all-time high record in Manila at 15,763 covering medical frontliners, senior citizens and those aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities.

“Hinabaan talaga namin ang oras para mayakap ang lahat sa lalong madaling panahon,” Moreno said, as he explained that this is the reason why he and Lacuna decided to open additional sites on top of the total of 18 vaccination sites that operate 14 hours each, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Moreno thanked Lacuna and the vaccinating teams from the Manila Health Department (MHD) under its head, Dr. Arnold Pangan, for their dedication to duty and performing way beyond the normal working hours.

The mayor also commended Manila residents who continue to troop to vaccination sites.

“Bilib ako sa mga Batang Maynila sa inyong pagtitiyaga. I’m really proud of you at pinahahalagahan ninyo ang inyong mga sarili.Basta tayo, first come, first served basta nasa priority listing,” he said.

The mayor further assured that as soon as the national government gives the go signal for the vaccination of those belonging to the next priority categories, the city government of Manila will designate more special vaccination areas to accommodate even more residents who want to get inoculated.

“Ang tanging setback ay kailangan ninyong maghintay ng dalawa o tatlong oras dahil binabaha po talaga tayo ng mga tao. Pero hindi sa pagbubuhat ng bangko, maayos naman ang mga pila at lugar, talo inip. Isang taon na tayo naghintay tiyagain na natin,” Moreno said.

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