MMDA starts COVID-19 vaccine rollout


MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos (left) witnesses the vaccination of an unnamed traffic enforcer against COVID-19 on Wednesday in Makati City. (MMDA photo)

PASIG CITY, April 15 (PIA) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wedensday started the vaccination of its employees who are medical frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities to protect them from COVID-19.

The MMDA inoculated 200 of its personnel belonging to the A1, A2, and A3 on the priority list of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) with their initial dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine.

“We shall follow the priority list of the vaccination. Senior citizens and medical frontliners are first to be inoculated,” said MMDA Chairperson Benhur Abalos.

According to Abalos, the MMDA has recorded 771 positive COVID19 cases, 100 active cases while eight have already died. The agency has more than 8,000 employees.

“Medical frontliners, including doctors and nurses, have the highest exposure to COVID 19 and are the most at risk of contracting the disease,” he added, citing that the MMDA sought the assistance of the Department of Health, to have its frontliners, particularly those assigned in the field, inoculated.

Since the COVID19 pandemic began, the MMDA played a wider role in assisting the government in curbing the spread of the disease on top of its mandates.

“The MMDA houses the One Hospital Command Center, we coordinate actions with the Metro Manila mayors and the national government,” said Abalos.

As part of its preparations for the vaccination rollout, the MMDA's isolation facility was converted into a vaccination area.

The agency also continues to implement basic health protocols such as wearing of face shield and face masks, maintaining physical distancing, and checking of body temperatures. Marshalls are also in place at the building to make sure that all the health protocols are being followed.

The IATF, through the Department of Health, has identified medical frontliners, senior citizens aged 60 and above, and individuals aged 18-59 with co-morbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and immunodeficiency state, as priority groups for the vaccination. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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