Catholic Bishops renew willingness to open facilities as COVID-19 vaccination centers

PASIG CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- The country’s Catholic bishops reiterated their willingness to offer church facilities as COVID-19 vaccination centers to help the government in the massive vaccination rollout. 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church in Kamuning, Quezon City as one of the Covid-19 vaccination centers. (Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish/CBCP)

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the episcopal conference, said they are all behind the government’s vaccine program.

We are always open to partnering with the government when it’s for the common good,” Bishop David said.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the Department of Health earlier said that the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) is pushing for the use of church facilities as mega vaccination sites.

NITAG has noted that churches are ideal for the administration of the vaccines owing to good ventilation in places of worship.

The bishops’ leadership in January said they are willing to transform church facilities as vaccination hubs if necessary.

As far as the Diocese of Caloocan is concerned, Bishop David said they already have an established partnership with the city government.

We have already been a long-time partner of the Caloocan LGU in many endeavors, including the fight against the pandemic and the vaccination program,” he said.

The government has been ramping up its vaccination efforts with the expected delivery of more COVID-19 vaccines this year. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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