4M more vaccine doses for NCR during ECQ approved

Published August 3, 2021, 4:18 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Malacañang announced on Tuesday, August 3, Metro Manila will be given an additional four million doses of coronavirus vaccines by the national government during the two-week enhanced community quarantine.

A Manila health worker prepares to administer a single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus vaccine at the Justo Lucban Elementary School in Manila on July 21, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

In his virtual media briefing, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the request of Metro Manila mayors for four million COVID-19 shots has been approved.

The National Capital Region will be placed under the strictest quarantine classification from August 6 to 20 following the local chief executives’ appeal amid the threat of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

“Alam naman po natin na kapag nacontain natin ang virus sa Metro Manila, macocontain din natin iyong pagkalat sa buong Pilipinas (We know that if we contain the virus in Metro Manila, we can also contain the spread of the virus in the entire Philippines),” Roque said.

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The Palace official cited the local governments in NCR aim to ramp up vaccination by administering 250,000 vaccine doses per day during the ECQ.

Currently, Metro Manila is averaging about 110,000 to 130,000 vaccinations daily in response to the pandemic.

Under Resolution No. 130-A, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has directed the national government to “ensure sufficient vaccine supply of up to 4 million doses” for Metro Manila and 2.5 million doses for Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

It also ordered local governments in those areas to ramp up vaccination during the ECQ which will be reimposed in Metro Manila starting this Friday.

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Roque expects the capital region to make the most of the two-week lockdown to administer all the four million vaccines to residents.

“Inaasahan natin dahil karamihan naman po’y hindi magtatrabaho eh, baka kaya po mas marami pa than 250,000 a day (We expect that because many will not be working, we could vaccinate more than 250,000 a day), he said.

“Now kapag nakamit nga pala natin iyang (if we will be able to achieve the) additional four millions jabs, that will bring our total vaccinated individuals sa (in) Metro Manila at 45 percent,” Roque added, noting that NCR will only be five percent away from achieving population protection.