San Juan City starts vaccination of non-residents vs. COVID-19

The San Juan City local government started on Tuesday the vaccination of non-residents in its bid to help the country achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Mayor Francis Zamora

This effort came after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) decided to vaccinate as one, especially cities which have finished inoculating their target residents in their respective jurisdictions, including San Juan.

The vaccination was launched at the Theatre Mall in Greenhills Mall.

“I have promised this before when we finished inoculating 100 percenr of our target population last July, we will help and assist other cities and provinces so we can vaccinate more Filipinos, and now here we are on our first day of Juan Vax, Tulong ng San Juan sa Kapwa Pilipino,” San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said.

“Karamihan po ng mga residente at nagtatrabaho sa San Juan ay bakunado na. Kaya ito po ay para naman sa kapwa Pilipino natin na nakatira at nagtatrabaho sa ibang lugar lalo na ngayong tumataas na naman ang mga kaso dahil sa Delta variant. Para sa mga kababayan nating gustong mabakunahan dito sa Lungsod ng San Juan, magregister na po kayo sa Juan Vax. Ang link ay makikita po ninyo sa social media accounts ng inyong lingkod at ng San Juan City (Most of our residents and workers in San Juan have been vaccinated. This initiative is our part in helping protect those living and working in other areas, especially amid the rising cases of COVID-19 due to its Delta variant)," he added.

To ensure that only qualified individuals will get vaccinated, registrants’ names will be cross checked by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) first to check if they are indeed unvaccinated. Only then will they be scheduled for vaccination in San Juan City.

Zamora warned that vaccine hoppers who will try to get booster shots in the city will get penalized under City Ordinance No. 45, Series of 2021, An Ordinance Penalizing Person/s Who Is/Are Found To Be Vaccine Hopping. If caught, they will face a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment for six months up to one year.

Meanwhile, those who will be caught using, falsifying, selling, or issuing fake COVID-19 San Juan vaccination cards will also be penalized under City Ordinance No. 26, Series of 2021. Those who will be found guilty will be fined P5,000 and jailed for six months to one year.

As of September 12, San Juan City has already fully vaccinated 135,015 individuals or 152.66% of its target population based on the 2020 Philippine Statistics Authority Census of population for San Juan City, which is 126,347.