City Council commends UC for helping in vaccination drive

Mary Ruth R. Malinao (The Freeman) - April 21, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City Council has passed a resolution commending University of Cebu (UC) president Atty. Augustus Go for allowing the city government to utilize the UC Senior High School Building in Barangay Banilad and all its fixtures and facilities for the conduct of the vaccination drive without cost to the city.

UC is a private institution.

The City Council also commended the UC Senior High School Department staff and personnel for their prompt and immediate assistance in preparing the vaccination site amid the short notice.

Councilor David Tumulak, who is one of the task force leaders of the Vaccine Advisory Board (VAB), sponsored a resolution regarding the matter which was approved by the City Council.

Tumulak said amid the very late notice of the sudden change of venue, UC was quick to respond by voluntarily offering its senior high school building as venue for the vaccination drive “without cost whatsoever to the Cebu City Government.”

“Despite the challenges in the preparation, Cebu City was still able to conduct a fast and smooth vaccine rollout for the city’s barangay health workers and other medical frontliners through the generous help of UC staff and personnel,” said Tumulak.

Cebu City’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout started on March 24, 2021, after the VAB approved two new locations for the vaccinations – Robinsons Galleria at the North Reclamation Area and the Senior High School building of UC-Banilad.

The board, headed by Vice Mayor Michael Rama, earlier disapproved of doing the vaccination at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Don Bosco Youth Center in Barangay Punta Princesa due to some concerns, including lack of ventilation and lack of facilities.

The board also pointed out that the site is not friendly to persons with disabilities.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for the senior citizens in the city is ongoing in its two vaccination sites, which started on Monday, April 19, 2021. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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