Isko Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Ospital ng Maynila (OM) chief Dr. Oliver Laqui and MHD Director Dr. Poks Pangan (left) at the rollout of vaccine at OM. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Manila sets new single-day record with 14,477 vaccines

May 14, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 394 views

THE city government of Manila broke its own record in terms of number of vaccinees jabbed in a single day.

It will be recalled that the biggest number of vaccinees served during the city’s simultaneous mass inoculation was achieved last May 1, with 13,205 getting jabbed all in one day.

Mayor Isko Moreno announced that on May 13, the total vaccinees recorded by the city’s mass inoculation program reached 14,477 in all, mostly due to the 14-hour operation of 18 designated vaccination sites.

He thanked Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is on top of the said program, as well as Manila Health Department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold Pangan and those comprising the city’s vaccinating teams for working on a holiday and way beyond the normal working hours, just to be able to inoculate as many as possible.

Moreno requested Lacuna, Pangan and their teams to work overtime, as he ordered the vaccination to start as early as 6 a.m. and end as late as 8 p.m. in 18 vaccination sites where 13,215 senior citizens were given their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

Simultaneously, 222 medical frontliners got their first dose of Pfizer vaccine during the vaccination done at the Sta. Ana Hospital under Director Dr. Grace Padilla. Also, 1,048 medical frontliners, senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities aged 18 to 59 who received their first dose of AstraZeneca last March 16 and 18 were able to get their second dose at the Ospital ng Maynila under director Dr. Oliver Laqui.

Moreno said that apart from those directly involved in the vaccination, also deserving of commendation are those who provided assistance in various forms, namely the personnel from the MHD, the city engineer’s office headed by Engr. Armand Andres, the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau under Director Dennis Viaje, the Manila Barangay Bureau headed by its director Romeo Bagay, the Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Lei Lacuna, as well as city councilors, barangay chairmen, barangay kagawad and treasurers, for helping the senior citizens get jabbed by bringing them to the vaccination sites.

“Salamat sa mga tumulong, we broke our own record. So far pinakamalaki natin is nung May 1 na 13,205 vaccines deployed sa loob lamang ng isang araw,” Moreno said.

Meanwhile, the simultaneous deployment of first and second doses continued yesterday.

A total of 1,800 medical frontliners, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities who got their first dose of Sinovac last April 15 were targeted for second dose inoculation while 15 vaccination sites were expected to jab with their first dose of AstraZeneca a total of 13,500 individuals also belonging to the same categories. At the six city-run hospitals, 1,600 medical frontliners were slated to get their first dose of Pfizer.