QC gov't, USAID launch mobile testing and vaccination initiatives

Published November 9, 2021, 12:33 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The city government of Quezon City and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have officially launched the COVID-19 Mobile testing and Vaccination Units on Monday, Nov.8.

The launch was led by Charge D’Affaires Heather Variava of the US Embassy to the Philippines and Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The projects are expected to expand and strengthen Quezon City’s pandemic response and efforts, especially for individuals residing in hard-to-reach areas.

“We in the Quezon City government are profoundly grateful to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for choosing to support the city’s COVID-19 response. The deployment of these mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination units in each of our six districts will bolster our current efforts in giving the people the power to protect themselves from the deadly virus.” Mayor Belmonte said.

USAID will also support Quezon City’s ProtekTODO campaign by mobilizing 30 healthcare workers to assist in vaccine and testing operations in the six districts.

The mobile vaccination teams will help contribute an estimated 12,000 shots monthly for the people of Quezon City, while the mobile testing initiative will help contribute about 5,000 tests on top of the local government’s 20,000 monthly testing coverage.

. “Through USAID’s support, Quezon City can remain resilient and responsive in protecting the lives of many,” Belmonte said.

“We’re optimistic that this move will lead to the further decrease in the number of COVID cases and higher vaccination rate in remote barangays. The faster we can achieve population protection, will greatly benefit the city and its people. Soon, we can open our economy further, and eventually give our youths more freedom of movement like the holding of face-to-face classes.” she added.

US Embassy Charge d’affaires Heather Variava said that they will continue supporting the Phiilippines’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue supporting the Philippines’ response to the pandemic, get the COVID-19 vaccines in people’s arms, and build back better,” she said.

On Nov. 8, 2020, the USAID announced an additional $11.3 million (P550 million pesos) assistance to help the Philippines bolster its response efforts, strengthen its health system, and deliver the COVID-19 vaccines in critical areas.

Quezon City has been selected as one of the local government units for this assistance.