Muntinlupa to resume second dose vaccination using Pfizer-BioNTech

Published July 25, 2021, 8:02 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government will resume the vaccination of people whose second dose jabs using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine scheduled at Festival Mall in Alabang were suspended due to storage temperature glitch.

In an announcement, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) team announced Sunday that the affected recipients will receive their second dose Pfizer-BioNTech jabs from July 26 to 28 at the Ayala Malls South Park vaccination site.

A Muntinlupa resident poses after getting her second dose and is now fully vaccinated (Nancy Beltran)

“The sending of text messages containing the new time and date of your vaccination is ongoing,” said MunCoVac.

Last July 15, MunCoVac suspended the second dose vaccination of people using Pfizer-BioNTech after it was found out that there was a change in temperature during its storage that may have affected its quality.

According to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the country’s Food and Drug Administration, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines should be stored at temperatures ranging from minus 80 to minus 60 degree Celsius before dilution. One vial of the vaccine contains six doses of 0.3 mL each.

As of July 23, the Muntinlupa City government has administered 273,783 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Of the total, 170,754 individuals have received their first dose, or 44.3 percent of the target population of 385,725.

In addition, 103,029 individuals in Muntinlupa are now fully vaccinated, or 26.7 percent of the target population.

In addition to two-dose vaccines, Muntinlupa has received more than 3,000 doses of the single shot Janssen vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The Janssen vaccines are being used exclusively for senior citizens.

According to MunCoVac, 309,370 individuals have already registered for vaccination in the city, or 80.2 percent of the target population.

Meanwhile, MunCoVac cancelled the vaccination at Sucat covered court scheduled Saturday due to bad weather. Those affected will be vaccinated from July 26 to 28.