Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III announced that starting today, Oct. 11, only one vaccination center will operate in the municipality.
He said the AMC Gym in Barangay San Roque is the only vaccination site that is open to administer the first and second doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine while the Pateros Catholic School (PCS) Annex site is temporarily closed.
“The reason for this is that there are only a few people who are being vaccinated and we decided to let other health workers rest,” said the mayor.
Pateros has not updated its vaccination output since September.
Last month, Ponce said Pateros surpassed its target to vaccinate 56,000 people, or 80 percent of the target population of 70,000, with the first dose, and reached about 90 percent of the target for the second dose.
The PCS Annex will be reopened once the Pateros municipal government starts vaccinating minors from 12 to 17 years old.
For today, the people who will be vaccinated at AMC Gym are those who will receive their second dose and non-residents who will get their first dose.
Residents who have not been vaccinated with the first dose are allowed to go to the vaccination site without any appointment.
Ponce has appealed to those who are scheduled to receive their second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine to get their shot.
He noted that some residents did not go on the date of their schedule to get the second dose of the vaccine.
“I appeal to you that those who did not return to receive their second dose of Sputnik V to go on Monday via walk-in,” he said.
Pateros is continuing with its registration of 12 to 17-year-olds for vaccination. Ponce said there are reports that the vaccination of minors will start on Oct. 15 but Pateros will be scheduled later for this.
He said this is because the pilot vaccination for minors will be in selected hospitals to monitor the effects of the vaccine on children.
The mayor said after one week, the vaccination of minors will continue to be held in public hospitals for one. However, Pateros has no public hospital, he said. After this, he said, the vaccination of minors in local government units (LGUs) will start.
The vaccination of 12 to 17-year-olds in Pateros will be administered by age group, said Ponce. Details will be announced later.
Ponce reminded the public that there is still the threat of COVID-19, noting that the Delta variant is still infecting people.