Quezon City’s Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday began operations as a mega-vaccination center, able to administer jabs to up to 1,500 people each day.
According to city mayor Joy Belmonte, the Araneta Group had agreed to lend their facility to speed up delivery of vaccines to the priority groups.
The Group had also pledged to provide their own medical personnel who will help inoculate individuals in the A1 to A3 priority groups, said business permits and licensing department head, Margie Santos.
Belmonte expressed gratitude to “our partners in the private sector as they continue to work with us to provide us with spacious venues and to augment our manpower resources”, adding that “an all-of-city approach” is necessary to overcome the pandemic and its economic effects.
The city government had previously coordinated with the Araneta Group for its free swab testing program as well as free use of the company’s BusPort as a drive-through saliva testing site of the Philippine Red Cross.