MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno told the residents of the city that they can choose whether or not to get vaccinated, adding that as long as there is no law requiring everyone to get the vaccine, it will be done by the local government on a purely voluntary basis.
The mayor also called on those who want to be vaccinated to register online, but clarified that even those who did not register may still get the vaccine as walk-ins.
However, Moreno explained, those who did not register will have to allot more time since they would have to be interviewed for the needed information, unlike those who registered in advance online.
“Ang goal kasi namin para sa bawat isang nakapagpa-register, five minutes lang tapos na siya. Bakunado na and updated na ang data, kaya hinihikayat namin ang pre-registration. Ang non-registrants pwede din kaso tatagal dahil tatanungin pa.” Moreno said.
It was learned that based on the plans he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna discussed, the mass vaccination will be held in schools to accommodate more.
Once a person is vaccinated, he will be made to wait in a designated area where he will be observed for any reactions and where medical professionals and an ambulance will be on standby.
Moreno, though, assured that the city government of Manila will not use any vaccine that had not been duly certified by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as safe and effective.
Manila is the first city that signed with AstraZeneca for the acquisition of 800,000 doses of anti-Covid vaccines.