Isko: Rains, floods wonât stop vaccination
Police officers remind people to observe COVID-19 protocols while waiting to receive Sinovac jabs at the Tondo General Hospital along Abad Santos in Manila yesterday.
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Isko: Rains, floods won’t stop vaccination

Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) - July 23, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has asked the public for patience as he thanked them for lining up to get vaccinated despite the heavy rains and floods caused by the enhanced southwest monsoon in several parts of the city.

In his Facebook live address on Wednesday night, Moreno said the rains and floods would not stop the city’s vaccination drive.

He commended the residents for braving floods brought by Typhoon Fabian and an enhanced monsoon to get inoculated.

“Thank you for coming to your senses and getting vaccinated despite the difficulties posed by the weather,” Moreno said in Filipino. “Because COVID-19 does not stop, we will not halt our vaccination.”

The vaccination sites at the San Andres Sports Complex and Ospital ng Sampaloc were among those inundated.

The rains triggered floods along Manila’s major roads, but these were all passable to vehicles yesterday, according to the city’s disaster risk reduction and management office.

There were 673 active cases in Manila as of yesterday. The city has administered 1,097,165 vaccine shots – both first and second doses – as of Wednesday.

Pasig elderly vaccinated

In Pasig, a total of 44,703 senior citizens have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Vico Sotto said.

Sotto said all eligible elderly residents have been injected with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The local government has started rolling out the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine after Pasig received 4,900 doses from the national government.

Sotto said the city surpassed its 5,800 daily vaccination target after administering 11,817 jabs on Wednesday.

As of yesterday, Pasig has fully vaccinated at least 100,000 of its total population of over 800,000. – Neil Jayson Servallos

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