Taguig starts vaccination of A5 priority group; gets 6,000 doses of Moderna

The Taguig City government will start Friday (July 2) the vaccination of people belonging to the A5 priority group or the indigent population.

Using its vaccination bus, the city government will hold a symbolic vaccination of A5 group at Bagong Lipunan Condominium Tenement in Brgy. Western Bicutan.

Actress Andrea Brillantes (left) and actor Jake Ejercito get vaccinated in Taguig (Trace Taguig / MANILA BULLETIN)

It is targeting to vaccinate 1,000 A5 people through the vaccination bus. The bus, which can previously handle 200 people per day, can now vaccinate 1,000, and will be used for A4 (essential workers), A5 and second dose recipients at the Tenement event. Another vaccination bus will be deployed to Brgy. Bagumbayan to vaccinate 1,000 people.

As of June 29, 246,709 individuals from A1 (health workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), and A4 categories have received their first dose in Taguig.

The Taguig City government resumed vaccinating people with first and second doses using the Sinovac vaccine on June 30 after suspending it on June 28 due to absence of the Certificate of Analysis (COA) from its manufacturer, Sinovac Life Sciences.

On Thursday, the city received 6,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, manufactured by Moderna Biotech Spain, from the national government and said it will be used to inoculate senior citizens and outbound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on May 5 to Zuellig Pharma for the emergency use of Moderna in the Philippines.

Moderna is a two-dose vaccine administered 28 days apart and is intended for inoculation of people 18 years old and older.

On Thursday, the city government said 430 farmers and fisherfolks, classified under A4, have been inoculated with the first dose

“The need to vaccinate our farmers and fisherfolk is truly important. As Taguig is a city that strongly advocates urban farming, their job is very essential and crucial to our community,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

The Taguig City government had earlier announced that it had completed the full vaccination of about 500 police officers belonging to the Taguig Philippine National Police.

"Thank you to the leadership of Mayor Lino Cayetano and to our Taguig City vaccination team for giving our police force another weapon in this fight against COVID-19. As we ensure the safety of everyone, we are at peace that we and our families are also protected from the COVID-19 virus," said Taguig police chief, Police Col. Celso Rodriguez.

Celebrities are also flocking to sites in Taguig to get vaccinated including Andrea Brillantes and Jake Ejercito.