Taguig LGU opens 9th vaccination site at Venice Grand Canal Mall

Published May 19, 2021, 3:37 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government opened its ninth vaccination site on Wednesday at Cinemas 1 and 5 of the Venice Grand Canal Mall in Mckinley Hill in Brgy. Pinagsama.


It partnered with Megaworld Corp. for the use of the cinemas as a vaccination hub, which will have two teams each with a daily capacity of 400 people.

“We have a good number of vaccine supplies as of now. We were told by the national government that there will be more (arriving) in June. With that, the job of the LGU is to make sure that vaccination is safe, fast, and accessible. The city of Taguig wants to focus on those three things. So, we will continue to aggressively plan our vaccination rollout,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

The Venice Grand Canal Mall site is an addition to Taguig’s vaccination hubs at Vista Mall, SM Aura, and another in BGC High Street to ensure that all vaccinees may feel comfortable and safe during vaccination.

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Philippines, recently commended Taguig for its vaccination program.

“Mr. Mayor, sincere thanks for your leadership. We really appreciate this initiative on your part. Installing a training center and having an excellent process, we encourage other local government units to possibly learn from your experience and duplicate such processes that already have been established,” said Abeyasinghe.

Cayetano said the city aims to finish vaccinating all 650,000 eligible individuals by December as it will ramp up its target of inoculating 5,600 people per day starting June 1. This week, Taguig expects to vaccinate 65,000 or 10 percent of the target population for inoculation.

The Taguig City government said only those with confirmed vaccination schedule will be accommodated at vaccination sites and walk-ins will not be allowed. Residents can schedule their own vaccination appointment online or through the Taguig TRACE self-service kiosks located in barangays.

A total of 54,287 individuals belonging to the A1 (medical front-liners), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (persons with comorbidities) categories have been vaccinated as of May 18.