Isko Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and MHD chief Dr. Poks Pangan discuss vaccination plans over the weekend. Photo by JERRY S.TAN

Isko to Manilans: Don’t miss 2nd jab

July 24, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 232 views

LAST call.

This ultimatum was given by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to those who were scheduled to get their second dose of Pfizer from May 13 to July 19, 2021 but missed it, as they were given only until the whole day of Saturday, July 24, to get their second dose or their vaccine will be given to others who are more interested in getting jabbed.

Also on Saturday, true to his word that the vaccination in Manila will continue rain or shine and even during holidays and weekends, Moreno opened the vaccination for first dose in the 18 regularly designated schools and four shopping malls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and commended the vaccinating teams under the stewardship of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan for going the extra mile to get more residents vaccinated at the soonest time possible.

Vaccination for the bedridden and physically-challenged residents in Districts 1, 2 and 5 also continued, with no less than Vice Mayor Lacuna at the helm.

In appealing to the concerned residents to take their second dose already, the mayor said that the city government cannot wait for them forever.

According to Moreno, those who were slated to receive their second dose of Pfizer but did not make it due to various reasons were texted once again and advised to go to the Universidad de Manila where their vaccination is slated from 7 a.m. up to 7 p.m. yesterday, July 24.

The mayor said the second dose allotment of those who will still not show up at the UdM despite repeated calls will be used by the city government as first dose for the other residents who have been wanting to get vaccinated.

He said there is no other choice but to use the vaccines because time is of the essence and many want to avail of the protection provided by the vaccines. A total of 1,500 second doses were slated to be given the whole day yesterday covering the A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 priority groups.

“May 1,500 out of the 74,000 na nabakunahan ng Pfizer na di pa bumabalik for some reason which I respect. But you have to get your second dose. Last call na ito,” Moreno said.

“Kung sinuman kayo, although ite-text pa din kayo at ilang beses na kayo tinext. Since nabakunahan kayo nung first time, ibig sabihin tama number nyo. Kaya last call kasi nanghihinayang kami sa bakunang nasa bodega,” he added.

Moreno said the persons concerned may come or again miss the opportunity for their second dose and then just wait for the forthcoming Pfizer doses.

“The question is ‘when?’ The answer is ‘I dunno.’ For so many times sinubukan kayo. Last call na ito. After that, we will have to utilize these vaccines. Punta na kayo kundi ipapamigay namin sa iba kasi sayang naman ‘yung mga me gusto,” the mayor stressed.