The Makati City local government has started inoculating the laity and regular parishioners in all its parishes and churches as it continues to ramp up its efforts against Covid-19 and the more contagious Omicron subvariants.
According to the city government, it has started a series of vaccination drives in churches since Aug. 14 after to protect the laypeople and parishioners.
The inoculation drive was first launched at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, the city government held another vaccination drive at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church. More vaccinations are scheduled at the San Jose Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Aside from vaccinating the city’s laypeople and parishioners, Makati City also launched different vaccination drives in its public markets and public utility vehicle (PUV) terminals.
On Aug. 3, a total of 104 members of various transportation groups were given the Covid-19 vaccine by the city government in the three terminals in Makati — Guadalupe-Buting TODA/JODA, Guadalupe Pateros MACDA, and MAYATODA as of Aug. 1.
It added that the three sites were opened for the city’s vaccination drive to make them more accessible to pedicab, jeepney, tricycle, and taxi drivers in the city and keep them safe from the virus, most especially with the detection of the more transmissible Omicron variants which may cause re-infection and even evasion from the vaccine.
The city government also brought its Covid-19 vaccination drive to public markets on Aug. 4.
The vaccination site at Bangkal Market B1 is the first to be opened to ensure the safety of its vendors and customers.
Makati City Mayor Abby Binay said that aside from the Bangkal Market B1 site, two more market-located vaccination sites were also opened on Friday, Aug. 5. These are located in Barangay Poblacion Market on J. Villena Street and Sacramento Market in Barangay Olympia.
“Bukas ito para sa lahat ng nais magpabakuna mula 9 a.m. hanggang 4 p.m. (These sites are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.),” Binay said as she reminded vaccinees to bring their vaccination ID and a valid ID.
The mayor had earlier announced that the city government is ramping up the Covid-19 inoculation capacity of barangay health centers by transferring the vaccination sites to barangay health centers, which will also help those who are incapable of traveling to other Bakuna Makati sites such as senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD).
As of August 17, the Makati Health Department (MHD) reported 236 active Covid-19 cases in the city. The MHD also reported 57,158 recoveries and 1,032 deaths.