Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered a hastening of the city’s vaccination drive by putting up more vaccination sites and going into partnership with the private sector to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Our vaccination drive is in full swing. With a continuing effort to establish more inoculation sites and given a steady supply of vaccines, we are now averaging more than 7,095 individuals inoculated every day with yesterday May 15 reaching a high of 8,574,” she said.
To date, the city has 35 vaccination sites scattered in its six districts, strategically located to accommodate more residents.
The number has exceeded the original 24 venues identified by the city when it laid out its vaccination plan to the national government.
The city government has administered over 229,500 doses of vaccines provided by the national government.
Belmonte also expressed deep appreciation to the private sector that has played an important role in opening more sites for QCitizens.
“The private sector organizations and companies here in our city have been truly proactive in extending help to the city government by offering their spaces and lending their medical teams to administer the vaccines. The goal of achieving herd immunity in Quezon City has taken the whole-of-city approach to a new level,” she cited.
The Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman, Our Lady of Consolacion Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, Christ the King of the Universe Parish, SM City Malls, Robinsons Malls, Smart Araneta Coliseum, UP Technohub, Elements at Centris, Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood are among those that have all opened their doors and established vaccination sites within their establishments.
The city mayor thanked the numerous medical and non-medical volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to ensure the smooth flow of the vaccination process in all sites.
“Our sites will not run properly without our hardworking volunteers who exert effort to provide the best quality service to our people, answering citizens’ questions and also appeasing the concerns of our patients. It is very overwhelming that it is now a whole-of-city approach. This is our most important battle. If we can’t defeat Covid-19 the way the Avengers stopped Thanos, we won’t be able to regain the world we used to enjoy. Ito ang ating bayanihan sa turukan,” Belmonte said.