Taguig mayor tells residents to be patient, stop spreading fake news on vaccination

Published May 17, 2021, 12:58 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano has asked residents to be patient and to stop spreading fake news regarding the city’s vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano (left) and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty (Taguig City government / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We ask our citizens to please be patient, avoid spreading fake news or amplifying unverified rumors, and work towards solution-oriented suggestions that you can directly relay to our vaccination teams on site or through our e-mail and hotline,” he said in a statement.

He said the Taguig City government is increasing its daily vaccination target as more supplies have arrived from the national government and people can expect a waiting time of 45 minutes to one and a half hours at vaccination hubs.

“We are now vaccinating around 4,000 people a day, a sharp increase from the last few weeks. With the increased volume, those who will be vaccinated in our hubs should expect a waiting time of between 45 and 90 minutes. Rest assured that we are always finding ways for vaccination to be faster, safer, and more accessible,” the mayor said.

Taguig will open two more vaccination hubs this week and is set to deploy its Mobile Vaccination Bus that could lead to a vaccination capacity of 5,000 a day.

“At 5,000 vaccinations a day, we can vaccinate all Taguigeños with two doses by December this year. We will continue to increase capacity so we can hit our targets earlier,” said Cayetano.

With the increased vaccination outputs of 5,000 to 10,000 people a day, he said “there will be occasional lines and delays at our hubs. It will not always be perfect but know that as with all our programs in Taguig, the city government will always work to make things better.”

“As we ask our government workers to be kind, patient, and understanding, we ask our citizens the same,” the mayor added.

The Taguig City government implements a schedule for vaccination and prohibits any walk-ins at vaccination sites.

Taguig has vaccinated 41,439 citizens with the first dose as of May 12 including 13,978 senior citizens and 17,769 persons with comorbidities.

As of May 15, Taguig has 24,724 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 23,931 recoveries and 249 deaths, leaving 544 active cases.