Manila logs low vaccination turnout after implementing 'no walk-in’ policy

Published June 21, 2021, 5:20 PM

by Andrea Aro

The Manila city government only used 4,402 doses out of 28,000 doses allocated on the first day of “no walk-in” policy in the city on Monday (June 21).

(Manila Public Information Office photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Based on the new policy, only those who will receive a text message via Manila CoVax SMS will be entertained at the vaccination sites in the city.

The city government allocated 2,500 doses each in four mall vaccination sites for A2 and A4 priority groups; while 1,000 doses each in the city’s 18 community sites for A1, A2, A3 and A5 priority groups.

Meanwhile, several people still waited in line at Robinsons Place Manila, hoping to be vaccinated.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso later went to Robinsons Place Manila to allow those who waited in line to be vaccinated even if they did not have an appointment.

“The policy of the city is to vaccinate as soon as possible and as many as possible and it’s been working solidly,” he said.

“The vaccination should be made available and accessible,” he added.

Domagoso also said the city government does not want to “penalize” the people who did not attend their scheduled appointment for their vaccination.

“Ayaw ko na i-penalize ang tao, gusto ko unawain na lang, may mga kanya-kanyang dahilan (I don’t want to penalize them. I just want to understand them that they have their reasons), and most of them economic reasons. Let us just accommodate everyone. We need your support,” Domagoso said on Monday (June 21).

The city government has implemented the no walk-in policy after receiving complaints of long lines at the city’s vaccination sites.

“If we reach herd immunity by September, masaya ang Pasko ng Pilipino,” Domagoso said.

The city government has been breaking its own record for several days after they allowed walk-in policy in its vaccination sites with 27,642 as the highest COVID-19 vaccines deployed in a single day in the city, as of June 20.

Come Monday (June 21) afternoon, Domagoso announced that the city government will allow the walk-in policy to all vaccination sites in the city.