CALOOCAN City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan reminded the public that the city and national government are providing vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for free.
“Inuulit po natin, wala po kayong kinakailangang bayaran. Huwag po kayong makipag-ugnayan sa mga fixer o sinumang humihingi ng tip, bagkus ay kaagad ninyo itong ireport sa ating City Health Office,” Oca said.
The mayor announced his advisory following reports that in some areas in Metro Manila, fixers are taking advantage of the influx of senior citizens in some vaccination sites and made arrangements in exchange for payment.
The sudden influx of senior citizens in some vaccination sites was due to the availability of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines as they all want to take their first shot of these vaccines.
On Friday, the Caloocan City Medical Center (CCMC) started the inoculation of Pfizer vaccine to medical frontliners and senior citizens.
The City Health Office reported that on Thursday, around 300 active medical frontliners, or those who belong to the A1 category, and senior citizens, or A2 category, were the first to undergo online profiling at the CCMC.
Along with this, 14 vaccination sites in Caloocan also started to inoculate active medical frontliners, senior citizens and individuals aged 18-59 years with comorbidity using AstraZeneca vaccines.
The City Health Office likewise announced that senior citizens and medical frontliners get their second dose of Sinovac jabs on Friday at nine vaccination sites in Caloocan City.