Las Pinas targets to inoculate 50-60% of city residents

Published February 2, 2021, 10:33 AM

by Jean Fernando

The Las Piñas City government is targeting about 50 to 60 percent of the more than 500,000 city residents to be inoculated once the 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the city government arrive in the city.

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar (City of Las Piñas Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Imelda Aguilar said the city government is already finalizing the preparations for the use of the ten biggest schools and covered courts in Districts 1 and 2 as vaccination centers.

She said the city government will conduct a vaccination simulation on February 9 at the Las Pinas Department of Education (DepEd) central office to be witnessed by representatives from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Aguilar added that mock registrations will also be conducted during the vaccination simulation to determine the number of city residents who are willing to be inoculated.

The storage facility for the procured vaccines has been readied and prepared by the city government while 10 more freezers are on standby to store the vaccines procured by the city government from British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

Aguilar said the city government is also planning to acquire additional freezers or storage facilities depending on the number of vaccines that will be given by the national government to the city.

The city also plans to purchase generators as standby power in every vaccine storage facility in the event that a power interruption takes place.

Some 91,000 senior citizens and medical health workers in the city are included in the priority list to receive the free vaccination from the city government.

Aguilar said senior citizens with prevailing health conditions will not be included in the list of persons to be inoculated.