Muntinlupa LGU starts vaccination of senior citizens with Sinovac’s CoronaVac

Published April 12, 2021, 2:36 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government has started vaccinating senior citizens against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

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

According to the Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO), the vaccination of senior citizens started on Monday, April 12, at 12 sites in the city. 

The CHO is using the Sinovac Life Science’s CoronaVac vaccine on senior citizens following the approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health (DOH) for its use on individuals over 60 years old.

Senior citizens, who are listed under A2 priority group list, are being inoculated at Tunasan Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Muntinlupa National High School-Annex, Muntinlupa National High School Main, Poblacion Elementary School, Putatan Elementary School, Soldiers Hills Elementary School, Lakeview Integrated School, Bayanan Elementary School-Main, Pedro E. Diaz High School, Cupang Elementary School, Cupang Health Center, Buli Elementary School and Sucat covered court.

The city government is targeting to vaccinate at least 44,000 senior citizens in Muntinlupa. 

As of April 10, the CHO has received 20,317 COVID-19 vaccines from the national government consisting of 20,063 CoronaVac and 254 AstraZeneca brands. There are only 13,964 remaining vials: 13,921 CoronaVac and 43 AstraZeneca.

According to the CHO, the vaccination of healthcare workers in the A1 priority group was completed with 5,123 medical frontliners getting the vaccine. Of these, 2,145 received Sinovac and 2,978 were vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

In addition, 4,189 individuals, or 77.6 percent, belonging to the A3 priority group or persons with comorbidities, have been inoculated. Of the total, 4,100 were administered CoronaVac and 89 with AstraZeneca. 

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, 70, received his first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine last week after President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the inoculation of mayors in high risk cities and towns. He encouraged the public to pre-register in the city’s COVID-19 vaccination program through and to still strictly observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, the wearing of face masks and face shields, and physical distancing.