Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso reported that a total of 11,881 residents were vaccinated on April 8) in the rollout that was done simultaneously in 18 designated sites by the city government, under the direct supervision of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, who is also a doctor.
Normally, Domagoso said the total vaccinations per day would reach over 8,000.
He said the city of Manila has set another record, exceeding its own, in terms of number of residents vaccinated in just one day and remains to lead as the city in the entire nation with the greatest number of those vaccinated so far.
Of the 11,881 vaccinated in one day last Thursday, 5,607 were given as first dose for seniors; 3,913 as first dose for persons aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities and 2,361 also as first dose for medical workers.
The grand total of persons vaccinated since the program began last month has now reached 63,346 covering medical and health frontliners, senior citizens and those aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities.
In a related development, Domagoso advised those positive but asymptomatic or have nothing but mild symptoms, to not go straight to the city hospitals where those who are severe and in critical condition are being prioritized.
This, as he announced that the current occupancy rate of the COVID bed capacity in the six city-run hospitals is now at least 71 percent and rising.
Domagoso said that instead of going to the hospital, the persons concerned should instead coordinate with their barangay which, in turn, will seek assistance from the Manila Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) and help bring them to the nearest quarantine facility if they do not have enough space to isolate inside their homes.
“If you are symptomatic but mild, go to our quarantine facilities. There are doctors there in case you need care. This is to prioritize in the medical institutions those who are under severe and critical condition,” Domagoso said.
He added: “If there is space in your house, you may stay home but avoid interaction with household members. So that those who will go to the hospitals are those who really need the equipment.”