QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has partnered with retail giant SM Supermalls in the city’s vaccination rollout by putting together its own team of doctors and nurses to help inoculate senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities.
“The city has had numerous partnerships with the private sector throughout the pandemic, and we’re glad to be working with them still as we vaccinate our residents and immunize them against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19),” she said.
The partnership would address the lack of available health-care workers who would conduct the vaccination among residents.
“We have agreed that their own medical team can give the shots to qualified SM employees who reside in QC, provided that it will be supervised by our City Health Department,” the city mayor said.
Last April 12, the city government opened a vaccination site at the Skydome of SM City North Edsa to cater to mall employees residing in the city and are medical frontliners, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities ages 18 to 59 years old, or those who fall under A1 to A3 categories, respectively.
Margie Santos, Business Permits and Licensing Department chief, said the move would also help boost the economy as frontline workers, such as those who work at malls and supermarkets, would get vaccinated faster.
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