Determined to erase the fear of the pandemic in her city at the earliest possible time, Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano personally led the information campaign designed to encourage residents to participate in the city’s planned COVID-19 vaccination program.
“Nais ko po talaga bumalik na sa normal at kaayusan na pammuhay ng mga mamamayan dito sa ating lungsod at maging sa buiong bansa. At isa po sa pinakamibilis na paraan para magawa ito ay ang pagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19 ng ating mga kababayan (I wanted that we all back to our normal lives in the city as well as the whole country. The easiest and faster solution is to be vaccinated against COVID-19),” Rubiano said.
“I am willing to receive the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccines once it arrives in the city to erase fear from our constituents and also get their trust and confidence that we all in need to be inoculated as the COVID-19 is still around,” she further said.
Rubiano reacted to results of surveys indicating that the majority of Filipinos were not willing to be vaccinated, apparently because of the bad publicity generated by the controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.
To jumpstart the information campaign and ensure the success of the planned inoculation program, the city government has conducted a vaccine simulation at the Malibay Plaza on January 29.
Rubiano said the objective of the exercise conducted by the City Health Office and supervised by representatives from the Department of Health is to perfect the system and address any possible glitches and problems that may arise during the actual injection schedules.
“Kaya po natin ginawa dito sa Malibay Plaza ay para maka-attract po tayo ng maraming tao at sa ganoon ay makita natin ang posibleng maaring mangyari sa sandaling nasa aktwal na sitwasyon na po tayo (We did this at Malaibay Plaza to attract more people and also to see the possible effect that may happen when we are in the actual situation),” Rubiano added.
The mayor said that a total of 80 patients, four doctors, one dentist, 18 nurses, and personnel from the Pasay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management participated in the simulation.
Rubiano said that they prepared seven steps for the vaccination process: from an established waiting area registration, screening, pre-vaccination, counseling and final consent, vaccination, post-vaccination monitoring, and exit.
She said the transport and storage of the vaccines are to be processed at the city’s health centers.
The mayor added that the city government has prepared 22 vaccination sites with 22 vaccinators and each team is composed of six health professionals.