Iloilo City pilots barangay-based COVID-19 vaccination

Published July 10, 2021, 10:47 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – To make the COVID-19 vaccination rollout more efficient, the Iloilo City government has started bringing it to the barangay (village).

“This initiative seeks to bring vaccines closer to residents and for convenience of senior citizens and persons with comorbidities making it easier, faster and accessible for them,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas.

The city government kicked off with the pilot area of Barangay Calumpang in Molo district Friday, July 9.

Barangay Captain Roberto Niño Jr. said 300 individuals including senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) were vaccinated at the Marian Hall of Miraculous Medal Parish.

There was bed-ridden individuals who were vaccinated at their homes in Barangay Calumpang.

The Iloilo City government is eyeing other alternative venues to make the vaccination program faster.

The local government has been utilizing gyms and auditoriums of schools including Central Philippine University (CPU), University of San Agustin (USA), University of the Philippines (UP Visayas), and Ateneo de Iloilo.

Another major venue is the Iloilo Convention Center, which is located at Iloilo Business Park of Megaworld Corp.