ILOILO CITY—The local government of this city is eyeing to set-up more vaccination centers in an attempt to safely implement its vaccination program against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“We will try to open up one more vaccination center next week so we can accommodate more,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas in a statement issued Friday, May 14.
This was after hundreds and hundreds of residents showed up at Central Philippine University (CPU) Thursday despite it was not their schedule to be vaccinated.
Photos and videos circulated online showing how safety protocols such as physical distancing were not properly observed in the waiting areas.
Many feared that Thursday’s event could further spike the number of COVID-19 cases in the city this week.
“It was unfortunate that elderly and persons with comorbidities came even if it was not yet their schedule,” Treñas said.
It was only last Wednesday when Treñas issued an executive order to ban anew mass gatherings as COVID-19 cases rose significantly.
On May 12, Iloilo City recorded 51 new COVID-19 cases and had two deaths.
By May 13, there were 48 new COVID-19 cases.
As of 12 noon of May 14, there are more than 300 active COVID-19 cases with 20 new cases recorded.