The Manila city government has vaccinated at least 98 bedridden residents against COVID-19 in its home vaccination program over the weekend.
Data from the city government showed that 29 individuals were inoculated on April 16, another 29 on April 17, and 40 on April 18.
The home vaccination program is in line with the Manila city government’s goal to make its COVID-19 response more inclusive.
“Ayaw kong may ma-left behind. Kahit kasi malapit lang ang vaccination site, bedridden sila kaya kailangan talaga silang puntahan (I don’t want anyone to be left behind. Even if they live near vaccination sites, they are bedridden so we really have to go to them),” said Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in a statement on Monday (April 19).
Dr. Arnold “Poks” Pangan, Manila Health Department (MHD) chief, said they have been vaccinating bedridden citizens as early as March 28. But they saw the need to expand the service.
On April 12, Domagoso issued a memorandum to the city’s barangay chiefs, directing them to submit a list of all their bedridden constituents.
The said list also required the names of the bedridden constituents’ guardians or caregivers, as well as their addresses, contact numbers, and email addresses.
Bedridden residents or their loved ones can also reach out to their barangay officials to ensure that they are included on the list.