Manila COVID-19 vaccine storage facility now fully operational

Published February 11, 2021, 12:57 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

After just 10 days of construction, the Manila city government officially opened its COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility at Sta. Ana Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 11.


The launch came after the city government received the three Haier -86 degrees celsius ULT freezers that can store COVID-19 vaccines from American multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The facility located on the 7th floor of Sta. Ana Hospital is also equipped with five Haier HYC-390 refrigeration units which can store vaccine doses from AstraZeneca and Sinovac and four other biomedical freezers that can store Janssen and Moderna vaccine vials.

Each freezer has an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) that would give them 10 to 15 minutes lead time before the generators take over in case of a brownout. This is to protect the integrity of the vaccines. Some have been reported to spoil easily with changes in temperature.

The Manila city government also bought 50 transport coolers that will be used to deploy the vaccines to various vaccination sites.

Manila City Engineer Armand Andres said the whole area measures around 100 square meters. It is fitted with vinyl, anti-bacterial flooring.

Eleven closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were also installed to monitor the area.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, along with other city government officials, inspected the facility on Thursday, Feb. 11.

On Jan. 11, the city government secured an advance purchase of 800,000 COVID-19 vaccines from British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Domagoso on Feb. 8 said he is optimistic that the vaccines will arrive “sooner than expected.”

As part of its preparations for the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the city government has been conducting vaccination simulation activities to identify future problems that they may encounter.

They have also identified at least 18 vaccination sites in the city.