Taguig vaccinates 500 seafarers

Published July 7, 2021, 2:37 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government vaccinated seafarers Tuesday as part of its support for the so-called modern-day heroes.

About 500 seafarers got their jab at the Taguig High Street Mega Vaccination Hub on Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, Sec. Vince Dizon, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and ALU-TUCP’s Alan Tanjusay at the vaccination of Pinoy seafarers (Taguig City government)

Under the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 117, Filipino seafarers are re-categorized under the A1 priority group.

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, COVID-19 Response Deputy Chief Implementer Sec. Vince Dizon, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Policy Advocacy Officer and Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay of the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, AC Health President Paolo Borromeo and Chief Human Resources Officer JP Orbeta were present at the event.

Roque said the vaccination of seafarers is in support of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for them to be able to go back to their work safely and provide for their families.

Dizon said seafarers, OFWs, and other workers are the foundation of the country’s economy.

According to Cayetano, the Taguig High Street Mega Vaccination Hub in Fort Bonifacio will be open until midnight every day, from Monday to Saturday.

He said Taguig aims to reach 1.3 million doses by the end of November with an 8,000 second dose jabs a day target.

As of July 3, Taguig has vaccinated 275,168 individuals with the first dose, or 40.4 percent of the target population of 680,000. In addition, 74,260 individuals received their second dose, or 11 percent of the target.

On June 25, the city vaccinated 500 outbound seafarers to celebrate International Seafarers Day at Lakeshore Trade Center in Brgy. Lower Bicutan.

Meanwhile, Cayetano and Dizon visited the newly opened private vaccination site at the Parking Level 6, Three Parkade Building in Brgy. Fort Bonifacio Tuesday.

The two joined AC Health’s Borromeo and Orbeta in a walk through of the step-by-step process at the private vaccination site.

“With the city’s partnership with the private sector, there is no doubt that we can vaccinate all significant population before the year ends,” said Mayor Cayetano.