THE nation’s capital has begun vaccinating senior citizens with the China-made vaccine, Sinovac after its use was held in abeyance.
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno said the use of the said vaccine previously halted for the elderly came about after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered the recommendation of experts, the current situation of rising Covid19 transmission, and limited available vaccines.
The announcement allowing the use of Sinovac for senior citizens was made by FDA director-general Dr. Eric Domingo.
Previously, only AstraZeneca could be administered to senior citizens.
Moreno also took pride in the success of the vaccination program rollout, two days in a row, at 18 designated sites as planned by him and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at the start of the year.
Lacuna, head of the city’s health cluster, is on top of the implementation of said program, being a doctor herself.
Currently, a total of 67,909 frontline workers, senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities under the A1, A2 and A3 categories have been inoculated since the city’s vaccination program took off in the first week of March.
Back in January, Moreno and Lacuna announced plans that once the vaccines were at a steady supply, they would aim to vaccinate 18,000 people a day or 540,000 in a month.
In line with these developments, Moreno commended the tireless efforts of Lacuna and the Manila Health Department personnel under its chief Dr. Arnold “Poks” Pangan regarding the vaccination rollout, as well as the Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) staff under their chief Re Fugoso who began distributing the cash aid from the national government yesterday.
Once again, the mayor reiterated calls for the residents to register online at www.manilacovid19vaccine.ph for their free vaccine slots. ANDI GARCIA