MAYOR Isko Moreno announced that the city of Manila has already administered over 1.4 million vaccines since it began its mass inoculation program in March, with 824,920 people already inoculated as of August 3.
Moreno said that of the total number of vaccinated individuals, nearly 80 percent of them, or 629,038 in all, are now fully-vaccinated. They also comprise the bulk of the 1,065,149 residents who are aged 18 to 100 or those who belong to the population qualified to get the shots.
Citing statistics provided by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan, both in charge of the city’s vaccination program, Moreno said that the city’s vaccinating teams continue to beat their own record in terms of number of vaccines deployed in a single day.
On July 31 alone, the total number of individuals vaccinated in Manila reached 44,570 and for this, Moreno thanked the vaccinating teams including encoders and those ensuring orderliness in the vaccinating sites such as the barangay authorities and personnel from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) under Arnel Angeles.
The total of over 1.4 million vaccines deployed in the city included the 400,000 Sinovac doses administered in record four days and purchased by Moreno directly from its maker in China through the efforts of Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang.
Moreno said he and Lacuna are determined to get as many Manilans vaccinated at the quickest time possible as in fact, they are preparing to ramp up the city’s inoculation program by doing it round-the-clock or 24/7.
As it is, the local government had been administering the jabs, whenever vaccines are available, for 14 hours straight in at least 26 vaccination hubs, in addition to night vaccinations being done for daytime workers.
“Vaccination must be faster than infection,” said Moreno, adding that the number of Manilans coming back for their second shot is always at a minimum of 99 percent each time.