MANILA, Philippines — The native authorities of Marikina City is hoping to get more Pfizer-made COVID-19 vaccines, as the nationwide authorities cited the city as a great vaccination site as a result of orderly strategy of storing and administering the vials.
According to Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, they’re wishing to obtain more of the Pfizer vaccines now that the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Vaccination Operation Center have touted the city’s system as a mannequin for vaccinations.
“Inaasahan natin na bago maubos yung unang batch na in-allocate ay makakapagdagdag na ng panibagong batch ng Pfizer para sa Marikina lalo na ngayon na sinabi na rin ng DOH at ng National Vaccination Operation Center na hindi lang qualified ang Marikina kundi very ideal ang setup ng Marikina para sa pagamit ng Pfizer,” Teodoro stated in a press release on Thursday.
Pfizer — arguably a most popular COVID-19 vaccine alternative amongst Filipinos — has just lately been distributed to native governments. In a survey by Pulse Asia released last March, it was revealed that even when plenty of Filipinos are skeptical about vaccines, those that need to get vaccinated picked Pfizer’s jabs as a best choice.
At least 52 p.c of the respondents picked the Pfizer vaccine, adopted by a far 22 p.c for the vials from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, and 6 p.c for British-Swedish AstraZeneca.
However, this additionally meant that lots of people, whether or not they have registered or not, scrambled to get an opportunity at being inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine. This has left city authorities struggling to take care of order and minimal well being protocols as individuals flocked to vaccination websites whereas disregarding restrictions towards crowding.
Health specialists warned that crowded vaccination websites can turn out to be a superspreader event ought to one of many individuals getting vaccines be already contaminated with COVID-19.
Teodoro reminded his constituents that whereas they respect the rising confidence on the vaccines, residents should nonetheless pre-register with Marikina’s City Health Office in order that they’d be listed amongst vaccine recipients. He sternly warned that walk-in functions are nonetheless not allowed.
“Pre-registration ang gagawin natin, walang walk-in para sa Pfizer dahil nakita naman natin, ang pag administer nito ay per batch at may Tamang temperatura dapat,” Teodoro defined.
“Kaya ang mangyayari hindi tayo mag-eentertain ng walk-in kundi lahat ng gustong makatanggap ng bakunang Pfizer ay kailangan mag pre-register at kung talagang preference niya ito Merong maayos na queuing at may maayos na registration na dapat masunod,” he added.
As of now, Marikina is able to vaccinating round 3,000 people per day, utilizing two vaccination websites: the Marikina Mega Vaccination Facility on the Marikina Sports Complex and one other on the Marikina Elementary School
Another vaccination heart able to doing 1,500 to 2,000 injections per day is being eyed by the native authorities.
“Magbubukas tayo ng isa pang vaccination center na kayang magbakuna ng mga 1,500 hanggang 2,000 indibidwal dito sa Sto. Nino Elementary School. Ito ay magbubukas marahil sa susunod na linggo,” Teodoro claimed.
Earlier, DOH’s National Capital Region officer Dr. Amelia Medina heaped praises on Marikina’s fully-air-conditioned vaccination facility which is essential for Pfizer, as it could be splendid for such vaccines that want extraordinarily low temperatures to be efficient.
Medina stated that if different cities can make sure that Pfizer vaccines can be dealt with correctly, then they’ll distribute it to them as properly.
“Ang gusto na lang po natin iparating sa iba ay sana po lahat ay ganoon sa Marikina. Bago po sila nagbakuna ng Pfizer vaccines ay pinakita muna nila sa amin,” she defined.
With the current wave of vaccinations, Marikina is seeking to attain herd immunity towards COVID-19, by way of vaccinating 70 p.c of the city’s inhabitants. As of now, 16,000 people with comorbidities, beneath the A3 class, have been vaccinated.
“Gusto natin itong gawin sapagkat ang target natin sa loob ng anim na buwan pagdating ng buwan ng nobyembre ngayong taon ay makapag establish na tayo ng herd o population immunity,” he famous.
The Philippines just lately handled a surge in COVID-19 instances which compelled the nationwide authorities to position Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal had been positioned beneath an enhanced neighborhood quarantine (ECQ).
Eventually, after the COVID-19 instances waned down early March, the nationwide authorities downgraded the quarantine standing to a GCQ.
On Thursday, the nation’s lively COVID-19 case elevated to over 51,000 due to 6,100 new infections.
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