COVID-19 vaccination in Antipolo City halted anew

Published June 13, 2021, 5:11 PM

by Nel Andrade

Due to the lack of supply of COVID-19 vaccine, Antipolo City has temporarily stopped the vaccination of residents in the city.

The usually crowded vaccination site at a mall in Antipolo City is empty in Jun 12, 2021 as the city government has stopped anew the giving of first dose of vaccines to residents in the A1 to A4 category. (Photo by Nel Andrade/MANILA BULLETN)

In a recent Facebook post of city spokesperson Junjun Ynares, he announced that the vaccination of the first dose has been stopped anew in all vaccination sites due to the absence of vaccines.

“Pansamantala po muna nating itinigil muli o Stop Operations ang pagbabakuna ng 1st dose sa lahat ng ating mga vaccination centers sa lungsod habang naghihintay ng supply mula sa DOH (We have temporarily halted the vaccination of the first dose in all vaccination centers in the city while waiting for the supply from Department of Health),” Ynares said.

The vaccination sites in some malls in the city used to operate from Monday to Sunday.

As there is still no vaccine available, the site’s Help Desk only accepts inquiries and requests for assistance regarding online registration.

The Manila Bulletin learned from several people who approached the site’s Help Desk that they have not yet received any text message from the city government regarding the schedule of vaccination despite registering online about two months ago.

Out of frustration, most of those who approached the Help Desk said they are hoping that they could be allowed to do walk-in at vaccination sites in Antipolo.

As such, they also appealed to the city government to contact them to give them a follow-up about their registration.

The city government of Antipolo has yet to answer the repeated queries from this reporter as to how many residents have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the city.

On June 7, the spokesperson announced the temporary stoppage of the first dose vaccination due to the absence of vaccines. A few days later, the vaccination resumed only to be stopped again on June 11 when the vaccines ran out of stock again.

Antipolo City has recorded 73 active cases including 36 new cases out of the total of 9,468 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of June 11.