The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to expand its vaccination efforts against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it opened its 24th vaccination center in La Union last Oct. 8.
On its opening day, the humanitarian organization said over 60 individuals belonging to the priority groups A1 to A5 were inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccine during the dry-run.
“Our goal as the premier humanitarian organization in the country is to build back better from the COVID crisis to ensure a healthier, fairer world for all,” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Senator Richard Gordon said in a statement.
The PRC’s newly established Bakuna Center is located at Rotary Service Center, Paringao in Bauang town, and will be catering to the people of La Union.
“We have over 18 staff and volunteers mobilized for the Bakuna Center made up of four vaccinators, four physicians, and 10 support volunteers,” said PRC La Union Chapter Administrator Almira Abrazado.
The vaccines in the dry run were provided by McDonald’s La Union, the PRC said.
The operation of the organization’s newly opened vaccination center will depend on the vaccine supply provided by the local government unit, it added.
On Sept. 17, the PRC opened its 23rd “Bakuna Center” at the Light Industry Science Park II (LSPI) in Barangay Real, Calamba City to cater to the A4 category as essential workers within the economic zone.