San Juan to begin inoculation of its senior citizens, residents with comorbidities by March 30

A senior citizen is being asssisted by a government social worker in order to receive her social pension fund. (PIA file photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 29 (PIA) -- San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on Sunday said the city will start vaccinating its senior citizens and residents with comorbidities against COVID-19 starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

“This simultaneous vaccination of the remainder of the medical frontliners and the first batch of senior citizens and those with comorbidities has been allowed by the (Inter-Agency Task Force) to speed up the vaccination process,” Mayor Francis told the PIA-NCR via Viber.

The San Juan City Government earlier launched a "house-to-house vaccine campaign" by bringing tablets and free wifi to residential establishments aimed at encouraging more residents to sign up and participate in the national COVID-19 vaccination program.

As of March 27, Zamora said San Juan has given the first dose of the vaccine to a total of 3,375 healthcare and fronline workers in their bid to curb COVID-19 trajectory.

Under the government’s prioritization list, the vaccination rollout in the country will start with frontline health workers, followed by indigent senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, remaining senior citizens, remaining indigent population, and uniformed personnel.

The mayor, meanwhile, said healthcare and frontline workers who have yet to be vaccinated can still be inoculated as well.

The Department of Health said over 500,000 people in the Philippines have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of March 23.

The Philippines, on the other hand, has so far received a total of 1,525,600 vaccine doses, which health officials said aren't still enough to inoculate some 1.7 million health workers that are prioritized in the country's vaccination rollout. (PIA NCR)



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

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