QC gov't takes pride in speedy vaccination process

Published June 18, 2021, 8:16 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Quezon City government has taken pride in its speedy COVID-19 vaccination process as those getting inoculated only have to spend less than an hour to get the jab.

Mayor Joy Belmonte commended on Friday the city’s medical frontliners and volunteers for the swift implementation of all the processes in vaccination sites.

According to the local government, each patient usually goes through the whole process — from registration on site to post-vaccination observation — in just less than an hour.

In making this possible, Belmonte said the local government is “continuously developing ways to improve the processes based on” the people’s suggestions.

“Feedback is important in this program since it is our people who are directly involved in the process,” Belmonte said.

The local government administered a total of 27,000 doses of COVID-19 on Thursday alone, a record-high, “as medical workers and staff at vaccination centers implemented a seamless, no waiting time policy in inoculating priority sectors.”

As of June 18, 540,850 doses of the vaccine were already given—or 24.4 percent of the city’s 1.7 million target population. A total of 126,000 individuals or 7.41 percent of the target population have already completed their jab.

The city’s Task Force Vax to Normal co-chair Joseph Juico said its vaccination processes on site were streamlined to accommodate more vaccinees in a short period of time.

“For members of the A4 priority group, taking of blood pressure is now optional considering that they are not seniors nor have comorbidities and are able-bodied or individuals who are physically strong and healthy. This thus lessens the time per A4 patient in the vaccination sites,” he said in a statement.

Through online booking and barangay assisted booking schemes, the local government can also assess and allot a manageable number of individuals per site to avoid overcrowding, long queues and long waiting time.

Sites are also opened in strategic locations in all six districts to lessen lines and minimize the congregation of a large number of people, the local government added.