Manila starts AstraZeneca vaccination on March 9
MANILA, Philippines — Healthcare workers who are senior citizens will receive their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday since they were not allowed to take the Sinovac vaccine, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said.
The vaccination rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD will be held at the Ospital ng Maynila.
Manila has received the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine with 1,000 doses on Monday and another 3,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac aside from the first 3,000 vaccines that was turned over to Sta. Ana Hospital on March 2.
Meanwhile, another 550 healthcare workers received CoronaVac, totaling 2,396 since the first day of the Sinovac vaccine rollout on March 2.
MPIO said that Mayor Isko Moreno have urged the public to get their vaccines as it will boost their protection against COVID-19.
“Patuloy din ang paghikayat ni Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso sa publiko na magpabakuna dahil limitado ang suplay ng COVID-19 vaccines na darating sa bansa. Dagdag pa niya, malaki rin ang proteksyong maibibigay nito laban sa nakamamatay na sakit,” MPIO said in a Facebook post.
(Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso continues to urge the public to get vaccinated as it will be their protection against the deadly disease.)
The Manila Health Department (MHD) also provided free swab testing for the vendors and stallholder in Obrero Market.
MHD will also conduct free swab testing in different markets in Manila.
On March 2, Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, her husband, City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan, and Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla were administered with CoronaVac.
As of March 8, Manila has 908 COVID-19 active cases, a total of 29,288 confirmed cases 27,565 recoveries and 815 deaths. – Liezelle Soriano Roy, Trainee
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