The city government of Manila on Tuesday started vaccinating the city's public school teachers.
Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said public school teachers who belong to priority sectors like senior citizens and people with comorbidities will get inoculated with Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Sinovac for the elderly.
"I encourage everyone who belongs to the priority sectors to be vaccinated to have an added protection," Domagoso said on his social media page.
A total of 287,747 individuals were preregistered for the city's vaccination program on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Manila reported 50,243 cases including 4,135 active cases, 45,120 recoveries and 988 deaths.
Meanwhile, a team of doctors and nurses was deployed by retail giant SM Supermalls to help the Quezon City government in its Covid-19 vaccination program, Mayor Josefina "Joy" Belmonte said on Tuesday.
"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 Covid," Belmonte said.
The mayor cited the importance of the partnership with the private sector, saying it would address the lack of available health care workers.
"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," she added.
The city government earlier opened a vaccination site at the Skydome in SM City North Edsa to cater to mall employees who reside in the city and are medical frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities, or those who fall under A1 to A3 categories.
Also vaccinated on site were qualified senior citizen residents of Barangay Santo Cristo, where the mall is located, and its nearby villages.
Business permits and licensing department head Margie Santos said the private sector's support will help boost the economy as frontline workers, such as those who work in malls and supermarkets, will get vaccinated faster.
"There are close to 16,000 SM employees who work and reside in the city and are qualified to get the vaccine. By teaming up with their employer SM, we can be assured that all of them will be vaccinated, protecting not just the employees but also the families they go home to after work. We really appreciate SM and other private sector partners for lending us a hand amid manpower crunch," Santos said.
More vaccination sites are expected to be opened in other branches of SM malls in the city.
Belmonte said city officials are also in talks with Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, Araneta City, Eastwood Mall, and the information technology and business process outsourcing sector which were all considered essential establishments under the enhanced community quarantine classification.
Meanwhile, six new vaccination sites were opened in various villages in the city to cater to individuals who lack internet access and to swiftly roll out the vaccine to the population.
These are Balingasa High School, Commonwealth Elementary School, Quirino Elementary School, Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Lagro High School and New Era Elementary School.
In San Juan City, 8,222 individuals have been vaccinated for Covid-19, Mayor Francis Zamora said on Tuesday.
"Every single day, we vaccinate around 600 to 800 San Juaneños and we can definitely increase these numbers as supply increases as well," Zamora said in a television interview.
The city government vaccinated 4,170 medical frontliners, 2,443 persons with underlying conditions, and 1,609 senior citizens.
San Juan, which had 1,125 active cases, aims to vaccinate 85,000 people or two thirds of the city population to achieve herd immunity.
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