Taytay to utilize school buildings as vaccination sites

Published January 31, 2021, 5:44 PM

by Nel Andrade

Public school buildings will be used as vaccination areas in Taytay, Rizal once the immunization starts in the municipality.

Daily scene at one of the bazaars in Taytay, Rizal (NEL ANDRADE/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor George Ricardo Gacula II, told Manila Bulletin that the move to use public school classrooms is included in the vaccination plan that the local government of Taytay has submitted recently to the Department of Health (DOH).

There will be one vaccination center in each of the five barangays of the town, and one at the Taytay Municipal Hospital, bringing to six the total number of vaccination sites that will administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

The local government has allocated a total of P320 million budget that will be sourced from the local government’s disaster fund that was initially allocated in 2020, and the 300 million pesos that will come from the Internal Revenue Allocation of the town.

Gacula said the vaccines that are being considered by the LGU are those from AstraZeneca and Moderna. These vaccines are reportedly expected to arrive sometime in October.

Once the vaccines arrived, these will be stored at the Royale Cold Storage Inc., a private cold storage facility that can accommodate 28 million doses of vaccines, which is more than enough for the doses that have been ordered for the town residents alone.

A portion of the facility, which offers the free use for the storage of the vaccines for the Taytay LGU, can be set to a negative 20 degrees of temperature. 

The mayor said if the vaccines from the national government will arrive first, those in priority list in the government’s vaccination program will be the frontliner medical workers followed by those in the 18 to 59 age group who are willing to be vaccinated, in accordance with the DOH COVID-19 vaccine protocols.

Gacula told Manila Bulletin that with Taytay, having some 370 thousand population, around 1,000 residents can be vaccinated on a daily basis.

There are around 70 nurses deployed by the DOH to the municipality who will form part of the town’s initial batch of

The mayor said that around 24 percent of the town’s population, including a number of senior citizens, have initially signified their intention to be vaccinated so far.