I thank and am so proud of our health personnel led by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks Pangan, for having achieved as of this writing over 94 percent completion of the campaign against measles among children in Manila.
Because of this, Manila now leads the National Capital Region in the campaign against measles, having vaccinated over 127,000 kids in just a matter of ten days.
We are really trying so hard to finish the measles vaccination at the earliest possible time, so that we may focus entirely on the COVID-19 vaccination program which, hopefully, will be implemented soon.
Since we launched the Manila Vaccination and Immunization app via https://manilacovid19vaccine.com before New Year’s Eve, I was told that nearly 89,000 individuals have expressed interest in being inoculated, by registering for the city’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
Dr. Pangan is in charge of the creation of the masterlist of priority groups through registration once the vaccines arrive in the city.
I am thankful for having a very efficient official heading the MHD in this time of the pandemic, much as I am grateful to the people of Manila for having given me a partner in governance in the person of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, whose expertise as a doctor has greatly helped
in the our formulation of policies in the city’s fight against COVID-19.
Dr. Pangan told me that those included in the masterlist include 13,552 frontline health workers in Manila, consisting of employees from the MHD central office in Manila City Hall, employees from the six city-run hospitals in Manila, as well as from private hospitals and private clinics located in the city.
There are also 157,679 senior citizens from 896 barangays in Manila; 500,351 indigents — 9,878 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and 490,473 indigents listed by Manila Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) chief Re Fugoso.
Manila also has 4,100 “uniformed personnel” from the Manila Police District (MPD), 440 in the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and 339 in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Well, as I have stated time and again, I and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna have established a total of 18 vaccination sites so far. These are located in public schools, with three teams per site, in all the six districts of Manila.
We in the city government of Manila are aiming to inoculate1,000 individuals per vaccination site or a daily target of 18,000 citywide. This would mean 126,000 total in seven days or over 500,000 in a month’s time.
The vaccination team in each site will be composed of 25 personnel. These are: one supervisor and three physicians, who will conduct screening and medical emergency when needed; four nurses who will be vaccinators and do surveillance; three dentists who will
be counselors and encoders; one midwife who will be assigned to monitoring; one Health Education and Promotion Officer; five Barangay Health Workers who will be vaccinators as well as do surveillance and encoding; one logistics officer for vaccine delivery and retrieval; and six support staff (security, crowd control, driver, sanitation, and maintenance).
With regards to the flow of the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines from the Department of Health or the vaccine supplier, these will be delivered by the MHD vehicles to the Sta. Ana Hospital Manila COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility.
From the facility, the vaccines will then be delivered to the 18 vaccination sites as and when needed.
Let me reiterate my calls on all Manilans to register for free vaccination. Getting registered does not mean that one can no longer back out if he changes his mind.
As I’ve previously stated, one is allowed to be “choosy” in Manila. He can either get the vaccine or decline it but let me assure that only those duly approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be used.
However, while I respect the opinion of those who have doubts and fears about getting vaccinated, we have to be practical.
I do believe that the benefits of getting the jab far outweigh the disadvantages. We also have to ask ourselves: What is more important, protection or being constantly and forever scared?
In just a matter of time, we will have the vaccine. It is not a total guarantee that we will be immune from COVID-19 but at least, we will be equipped with a fighting chance that if ever we get infected, we will not end up being part of the statistics of severe cases.
Gaya ng paulit-ulit kong sinasabi, kailangan ko ang tulong ninyong lahat. Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first!
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