Isko Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief Arnel Angeles, city engineer Armand Andres, city electrician Randy Sadac, department of public services chief Kenneth Amurao and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau head Dennis Viaje, as he opened a drive-thru booster vaccination site for four-wheeled vehicles in Luneta. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Manila to provide drive-thru booster vax site — Isko

January 12, 2022 Marlon Purification 185 views

MANILA City’s ongoing campaign to protect as many people as possible in the fastest way possible amid the ongoing Omicron surge gripping Metro Manila shifted to another gear as Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso announced Wednesday the opening of the Luneta drive-thru vaccination site as a drive-thru booster shot facility for 4-wheel vehicles.

“Due to the request of our constituents and the people, i-innovate natin itong vaccination drive-thru dito sa Luneta. Imbes na first dose at second dose lang, gagamitin natin siya ngayon na drive-thru booster vaccination site para sa 4-wheel vehicles,” the 47-year-old local chief executive said after inspecting the preparations being made at the facility.

Moreno said the drive-thru booster shot site will start operating Thursday, January 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a target of 1,500 individuals per day.

The facility will accommodate 300 vehicles, with a maximum of 5 passengers, on a first come, first served basis. Those who cannot be accommodated for the day will be given numbers that will be used on the following day.

“Mga jeep, taxi, private cars, maski Grab, dalhin po ninyo ang inyong pamilya, at mga negosyante, dalhin po niyo mga empleyado ninyo. Puwede po kayong magtungo dito sa Luneta,” Moreno said.

Mayor Isko said the only requirement is for individuals to present their vaccination cards, either digital or physical, that were issued by the City of Manila or by their respective local government units where they come from.

“Kikilalanin namin yung mga vaccination card ng taga-Metro Manila, taga-Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Ilocos, Bicol… lahat ng nakakapalibot sa NCR. Kahit taga-saan kayo, tatanggapin namin yung inyong vaccination card. At kayo ay babakunahan ng booster shot,” he said.

“We welcome you to the City of Manila. Basta tayo tulong-tulong muna, ang importante ma-booster yung tao, mabakunahan yung tao para maiwasan ang kamatayan sa infection ng COVID-19,” Moreno said.

The Luneta 4-wheel drive-thru booster shot facility comes in the heels of the very successful 2-wheel drive-thru facility at the Kartilya ng Katipunan, also known as Bonifacio Shrine, that caters to motorcycle drivers from Grab, Angkas, Lalamove, Shopee, Mr. Speedy, Foodpanda, and Lazada, and even those in bicycles.

Continuing vaccination are also conducted by the city government at health centers, designated schools, shopping malls, and other special sites.

And as part of his ever-expanding Booster Caravan, Mayor Isko ordered Tuesday on-site booster shots for the thousands of construction workers employed in all ongoing projects of the city government.

“So ngayon, palalakasin pa natin, palalawakin pa natin, ilalapad pa natin ang yakap. Yayakapin natin hangga’t kaya nating yakapin kahit sino, kahit taga-saan. Basta importante, tao muna, mabuhay ang tao, maligtas ang tao, maligtas kayo,” he said.

“Ang importante, mabilis ang kilos, tunay na solusyon, mabilis ang aksyon. Yun lang ang importante, bakuna, bakuna, bakuna. Kung sino ang gustong magpa-bakuna, titirahin natin,” Moreno said.

Having said that, Moreno urged those who are still unvaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible.

“Magpabakuna na kayo. This is about the protection of your family, of your neighbors, of our community, of our city, and of our country,” he stressed.

He warned that the city government is already prepared to implement, in accordance to the decision made by all Metro Manila mayors, an ordinance that will strictly limit the movements of unvaccinated individuals.

“We are about to publish (ordinance). Gusto kong iparamdam sa inyo na may gobyerno, na inuunawa kayo, but at the end of the day, ang lahat ng bagay ay may tuldok. I hope makinig yung mga taong hindi pa nagdedesisyon,” he said.

“Kung kinakailangan na proteksyonan natin ang higit na nakararami, sa ating kababayan na nagdesisyon, nagmalasakit sa sarili at tumugon sa pamahalaan, at naki-isa sa pamayanan na nagpabakuna, then I think it’s high time to police those who are unvaccinated and to regulate their movements to protect others,” Moreno said.