High demand for Pfizer vaccine in Caloocan, Navotas limits vaccination program

Published May 19, 2021, 7:21 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Caloocan and Navotas cities have been limited due to lack of supply amid high demand for it.

Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan announced Wednesday the local government will not temporarily accept text messages from those who want to get an appointment for the said brand.


“Ito ay matapos maubos kahapon ang doses na inilaan sa Caloocan City Medical Center (This came after all our doses dedicated for Caloocan City Medical Center were already administered ),” he said, adding that the administration of Pfizer in Caloocan City Medical Center North would only be only Wednesday.

Malapitan said that they will give an advisory once another batch of Pfizer supply arrives in the city from the national government.

Meanwhile, in Navotas, Mayor Toby Tiangco said walk-ins for those availing of the said brand is not allowed due to “limited” supply.

“Kung Pfizer vaccine ang choice ninyo, dapat po kayo ay mag pre-schedule online. Para pag tinunaw yung Pfizer vaccine, may sigurado pong gagamit (If Pfizer is your choice, you should pre-schedule online. So once we open the vials, there are people who will surely get it),” he said in DZRH interview.

“Ayaw din po namin mangyari na biglang ang daming pupunta dahil sa alam naman namin na mataas yung demand, tapos wala naman kaming slot na maibibigay (We also don’t want to happen that people would swarm us because we know that there is a high demand and we will have nothing to offer),” he added.