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Manila Zoo eyed as vaccination site for minors, senior citizens

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Manila Zoo eyed as vaccination site for minors, senior citizens
Photo provided by the Manila public information office shows the entrance of the newly refurbished Manila Zoo, which will reopen on Dec. 30.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government is eyeing the newly-redeveloped Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden for repurposing as a vaccination site for senior citizens and minors aged 5 to 11 with the national government set to roll out pediatric vaccination in the first week of February. 

In a statement, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, who is running for president under Aksyon Demokratiko said the 5-hectare recreation facility is an ideal spot given its open spaces. 

Per data from the Department of Health, there are around 13.5 million children aged 5 to 11 in the country. 

“We thought, because of the people requesting at the Manila Zoo, at least they should have a sneak peek. And there are many things to visit here - open air, clear. Double purpose, they can visit with their grandchildren or grandparents,” Moreno said during his visit to the zoo.

Under Alert Level 3, though, leisure activities like contact sports, funfairs, as well as live voice and wind instrument events are prohibited. It is unclear if zoo visits fall under this category. 

The city government said that doses of Pfizer that will be used for the pediatric vaccination — the only vaccine granted Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration for the age group — are expected by the end of January. 

Moreno said minors aged 12-17 along with their parents and other family members can already go to Manila Zoo to get inoculated for the time being. 

To ensure minimum health protocols will be strictly followed, Moreno said Manila Zoo’s daily foot traffic will be limited to 500 or 1,000 people only. 

"In order not to violate the IATF rules, due diligence will be observed by the city, and we will put a cap. There will be registration. We will also launch the Manila Zoo website, so that those who want to get vaccinated can register,” Moreno pointed out.

Expansion of vax sites continues in capital city

Last Thursday, the city opened the 4-wheel drive-through booster vaccination in front of the Quirino Grandstand, prompting the Manila mayor to make it a 24-hour daily operation with the vaccinators working on an 8-hour shift. 

Along with the city's drive-through vaccination site, the Manila Zoo vaccination site will be open to both residents and non-residents of Manila. 

“We saw the response of people to the drive-through 24/7 booster caravan in Luneta. Last night, we added an additional two lanes, but the demand for boosters is still growing," Moreno said.

“Vaccinations will continue in health centers, schools and malls. Now, we also have the Manila Zoo...It is going to be a daily thing. You'll be able to talk a walk around while also getting protected."

The nearly five-hectare facility, known as the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, opened to the public in July 1959 but has not undergone a major renovation since then. The zoo was closed temporarily in January 2019 for upgrade and renovation. 

— Franco Luna 

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: February 11, 2022 - 5:55pm

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." Bookmark our COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines. — Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file

February 11, 2022 - 5:55pm

The Department of Health – 9 (DOH) reported a very low turnout for the third phase of the National Vaccination Day against COVID-19 in the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Angeline Jaldon, DOH-9 information officer, said based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), only 16,976 or 10% of their target 169,764 eligible individuals showed up.

Jaldon said the low turnout was attributed to complacency and lack of interest to get inoculated.

The DOH regional office is looking into what strategies local government units used to convince constitutents to get vaccinated.

The low turnout may also have kept Zamboanga Peninsula among the areas in Mindanao at high risk from COVID-19. —The STAR/Roel Pareño

February 11, 2022 - 5:05pm

The Department of Health – 9 (DOH) reported a very low turnout for the third phase of the National Vaccination Day against COVID-19 in the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Angeline Jaldon, DOH-9 information officer, said based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), only 16,976 or 10% of their target 169,764 eligible individuals showed up.

Jaldon said the low turnout was attributed to complacency and lack of interest to get inoculated.

The DOH regional office is looking into what strategies local government units used to convince constitutents to get vaccinated.

The low turnout may also have kept Zamboanga Peninsula among the areas in Mindanao at high risk from COVID-19. —The STAR/Roel Pareño

January 31, 2022 - 2:46pm

The Philippines will roll out its vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11 years old on February 4.

The pandemic task force says Pfizer vaccines exclusive for kids will arrive this week.
 

January 14, 2022 - 10:14am

The percentage of the population with full vaccination has reached almost 50% at 53 million, says National Task Force adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa.

In an interview with dzBB, Herbosa suggests that five million more have yet to receive their second vaccine dose.

"Around 58 million have received at least the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 4.7 million have been jabbed with a booster," he says in Filipino.

View the COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines.

November 12, 2021 - 11:01am

Starting December 1, the vaccination of employees required to work on-site will be mandatory in the public and private sector in areas with sufficient COVID-19 jabs supply.

"However, eligible employees who remain to be unvaccinated may not be terminated but they shall be required to undergo regular RT-PCR testing, or antigen tests, at their own expense," Malacañang says.

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