'Bakuna Nights' program boosts QC's aim for population protection
Posted: 2021-Jul-06 13.58.39 UTC+0800
MANILA — Quezon City, the first local government unit to implement night vaccination, has already inoculated 16,000 economic front-liners since its "Bakuna Nights" program began three weeks ago.
The Quezon City Hall grounds buzz with vaccination activities sometimes until midnight to accommodate more workers who can't leave their posts at daytime to avail of the protection against Covid-19.
Mayor Joy Belmonte is now thinking of extending the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inoculation to 24 hours once supply stabilizes.
On Monday, 4,000 doses were allocated for the A4 priority group.
Overall, QC has already inoculated 883,837, with 237,874 of them already fully vaccinated.
"Ginusto natin na sanay lahat ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na mabakunahan na walang kinakaltas o binabawas sa inyong kita o sa inyong sweldo (We wanted to give everyone a chance to get vaccinated without any salary deduction)," Belmonte said in an interview on Monday.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases visited the night vaccination, with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and testing czar Vince Dizon acknowledging the initiative which kicked off on June 16.
"Gusto kong i-congratulate ang Quezon City. Sa loob ng isang buwan, ang nakapag-register ng pinakamaraming nabakunahan sa isang araw ay ang lungsod ng Quezon. Halos 50,000 sa loob ng isang araw. Congratulations, Mayor, maraming salamat sa ginawa mo (I want to congratulate Quezon City. In a month, QC registered the most number of vaccinations done in a single day. Almost 50,000 in a day. Congratulations Mayor, thank you for what you have done)," Dizon said in his speech.
Belmonte assured their health care workers are well taken care of.
"Our health workers will be working in shifts of not more than eight hours a day dahil ayaw nating mapagod ang mga health workers natin at gusto nating mapangalagaan ang kalusugan nila (because we do not want them to get too tired. We want to take care of their health as well)," she said.
Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III announced they will give away items to the first 200 workers, starting from Monday night's batch of first-dose recipients, who will get the full dose.
"Meron konting prize, Mayor. Mag-allocate ako sa first 200 na makatapos ng dalawang dosage ng bakuna, bibigyan namin ng freebies. Bisikleta, may kasamang bag, may kasamang telepono at load na P5,000 (We have a small price. I will allocate for the first 200 who will have two dosages, bicycle with bag, with mobile phone and load worth P5,000)," Bello said. (PNA)