DOT chief hails opening of drive-through vaccination site at Rizal Park

Published August 3, 2021, 1:46 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has welcomed the opening of a drive-through vaccination site at Rizal Park, saying it will help hasten the government’s inoculation program against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and bring the country closer to herd immunity.

The City of Manila’s drive-through vaccination site at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park. (Photo courtesy of Manila Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office)

“With the move to revert Metro Manila to the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measure, this initiative will help establish the much-needed resistance against the Delta variant of the virus,” Puyat said in a statement on Tuesday, August 3.

The Manila City local government opened last Saturday the drive-through vaccination site at the Quirino Grandstand in coordination with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), which administers and manages Rizal Park.

According to Puyat, the vaccination facility can accommodate up to 100 reservations or up to 400 vaccinations per day. Individuals just need to register in advance via Manila City’s vaccination website to reserve their slot.

Each reserved client may bring up to three other registered individuals in their vehicle for drive-through vaccination during the assigned schedule.

Through the NPDC headed by Executive Director Cecille Lorenzana Romero, the DOT signed an agreement with the City of Manila on April 28 to construct a mobile hospital at the park’s Burnham Green and a drive-through vaccination site on Independence Road fronting the Quirino Grandstand.

Puyat expressed her gratitude to Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso, noting that the city’s recent move was in line with the department’s efforts to accelerate inoculation in the country, especially within the tourism industry.

The tourism chief has been pushing to repurpose tourism sites and spaces into vaccination facilities to aid in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Manila City LGU inaugurated last month the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital at the Burnham Green.

This 344-bed facility was designed to augment the capacity of the nation’s public health system by treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.