Pateros allows walk-ins at vaccination sites

Published June 16, 2021, 9:24 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Pateros municipal government is now allowing walk-ins for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination to increase the daily target.

Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III made the announcement as he lamented that many have not registered for vaccination and those who were scheduled for vaccination failed to show up on their scheduled time and date.

Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III (IsangPateros)

“There are still many who have not registered, that is why sometimes, we don’t have people to be vaccinated in a particular time slot,” he said in Filipino in a Facebook Live broadcast.

He said that to date, more than 30 percent, or about 14,700, of the target eligible population of 49,000 have received their first dose.

The Pateros municipal government has started accepting walk-ins for vaccination on June 15, and according to the mayor, they will only be scheduled in the afternoon.

“But we will only accept walk-ins if you belong to A1 to A4 (priority groups) and if you are a resident of Pateros or if you work in Pateros,” said Ponce.

Pateros has four vaccination centers: AMC Gym in Brgy. San Roque, Pateros Catholic School-Annex in Brgy. San Pedro, Pateros Catholic School-Main in Brgy. Poblacion and Villa Monica Clubhouse in Brgy. San Roque.

The mayor advised those who plan to get vaccinated via walk-in to text the number 09493902222 so they can be guided as to which vaccination site they can go to.

According to Ponce, Pateros has received a new batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from the national government that came from the COVAX facility but under the guidelines, these will only be used for A1 (health workers), A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities).

The municipal government is using four methods to register people for vaccination: via barangay halls, through health centers, the use of QR code, and express registration through texting.

“The vaccine is safe. The vaccine will help us. The vaccine is the answer to the COVID-19 pandemic that we are facing,” said Ponce.