Senior citizens in Muntinlupa get flu, pneumonia vaccines

Published October 5, 2020, 4:17 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Senior citizens in Muntinlupa are getting flu and pneumonia vaccines to boost their immune system.

A senior citizen gets vaccinated in Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The Muntinlupa City government launched the vaccination program for residents aged 60 and above as part of its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures.

Initially, 566 senior citizens in four barangays were given anti-flu and anti-pneumonia shots under the program facilitated by the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) and the City Health Office (CHO).

Barangay senior presidents schedule the vaccination of senior citizens as a way of strictly observing physical distancing and other minimum health protocols in venues.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the vaccination program was piloted with a limited number of beneficiaries per community but will eventually expand to cover all barangays.

“We want to give our residents added protection against COVID-19, especially the most vulnerable sectors including senior citizens, by giving them flu and pneumonia vaccines. We hope that the immunization program will help reduce COVID-19 cases in the city,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city government through OSCA turned over recently P100,000 to centenarian Lola Edilberta Cosio from Barangay Putatan under a program that grants cash incentives to city residents reaching 100 years old.

As of October 4, Muntinlupa has 4,350 cases including 3,990 patients who have recovered and 144 deaths, leaving 216 active cases, or 4.96 percent of the total.