QC LGU holds talks with various groups for more vaccination sites

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) -- The Quezon City Government has been holding talks with various groups and institutions to request for areas where it can effectivley put up vaccination sites for the implementation of its localized COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

One of the first to respond is the Diocese of Cubao, which has offered its big parishes to serve as vaccination sites once the vaccines arrive.

Diocese of Cubao Vicar General Fr. Steve Zabala said they have so far identified three big parishes that have already met the conditions set by the Quezon City Health Department.

Zabala said these are the Cathedral of Cubao, Our Lady of Pentecost Parish, and the Santa Maria Dela Strada Parish.

“Based on our meeting with the QC [Quezon City] Health [Department], the parishes should have a good wifi connection and good ventilation to be qualified as inoculation sites,” the priest said.

Zabala, however, explained that the vaccination will be held at the parish halls and at their gardens and not inside the church.

Mayor Joy Belmonte, for her part, expressed her gratitude to Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after their recent talks with church leaders also yielded some positive response.

“We expressed our gratitude to Bishop Honesto Ongtioco for opening their churches in support of the city’s vaccination plan,” Mayor Joy said.

She said their commitment to allow their churches to be used for the program will add to the 24 already identified vaccination sites in the city.

Recently, the Diocese of Novaliches, led by Bishop Most Rev. Fr. Roberto Gaa, also offered its parishes to serve as inoculation sites.

“It will be a great help to the city once the vaccines arrive,” Mayor Joy said.

Currently, the Quezon City Government is also hooking up with the Ateneo de Manila University, through its President, Fr. Bobby Yap, after it expressed willingness to have their facilities used as a vaccination site.

“We welcome these help coming from our churches, schools, and even the private sector. They have been the city’s force multiplier even from the start of our battle against COVID-19,” Belmonte said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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