COVID-19 vaccine supply running out in Taguig

Published June 16, 2021, 4:16 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The supply of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Taguig is running out due to high demand.

Currently, the vaccines being used by local government units (LGUs) come from the national government. Other cities have decided to decrease their daily vaccination target due to insufficient vaccine supply.

Vaccination in Taguig (Taguig City government / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Taguig City government reportedly wants to raise the issue of vaccine supply with the national government so more people in the A1 (medical frontliners), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), and A4 (essential workers) priority groups can be inoculated.

Due to the high number of people who want to be vaccinated and low number of people who refuse to be vaccinated, the Taguig City government expects to reach its target of getting all its residents inoculated by December in line with its “Road to Zero” program.

In the last three days, the city recorded 8,000, 10,000 and 11,000 individuals going to the vaccination hubs in different barangays of the city, including the vaccination bus which goes around Taguig to ensure more people get inoculated. The dropout rate in vaccination booking and scheduling in the city is almost zero.

The city government is planning to increase its daily target to 6,800 to 8,000 vaccinees.

According to the TRACE Taguig (Taguig Registry for Access and Citizen Engagement), the city has vaccinated more than 160,000 residents and workers under A1, A2, A3, and A4 categories since it started the inoculation in March. Taguig has 12 vaccination hubs in different locations.

The city has apologized to the public for long lines in some vaccination sites and said it is finding ways to solve the problem.