The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by the city government of Manila is nearing the three-million mark, said Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
He also said that for the second straight day, new COVID-19 cases in the city dropped below 100.
Citing a report from Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is on top of the city’s mass vaccination program along with Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan, the mayor said active COVID cases in the city was at 96 on December 7.
A day prior, the number of active cases was only 91, with no deaths recorded on both dates.
Lacuna also reported the total COVID-19 vaccine doses given has already reached 2,919,399 to date.
The total administered doses for minors is at 164,743 and of the number, 57,884 are now fully vaccinated.
In the case of booster shots, 56,552 have so far been jabbed with their preferred vaccine brands.
Earlier, Domagoso, who is the standard bearer of Aksyon Demokratiko, and Lacuna reiterated calls for those who remain unvaccinated to get their shots already. They stressed that it is for their own safety and that of their loved ones.
The city of Manila has already exceeded 100 percent in terms of the total number of its eligible population based on records of the Commission on Elections and the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, Domagoso on Wednesday implied that the capital city is ready to re-activate its 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination hubs for Manilans and non-Manilans once they receive new booster shot vaccines for adult Filipinos.
Manila has on hand vaccine supply allotted for minors’ vaccination and A1, A2 and A3 group categories as the country seeks to fight the dominant Delta strain and the newer Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“Kung mag-uumpisa na rin ‘yung [booster] sa mga adults… across the board ay handa naman mag-deploy ang City of Manila simultaneously sa bata, sa booster, at sa national vaccination na ginagawa ng national government,” Moreno said.
“Puwede namin buhayin yun [24/7 vaccination center],” he added.
The capital city is currently deploying vaccines to community sites (hospitals, malls, schools) and district health centers.
It will maintain its “open policy” for booster shots, said Moreno, referring to the capital’s decision to vaccinate all Filipinos regardless of their place of residence.
As of December 5, Manila breached the 130.48 percent mark of its target for complete vaccinations, while 156,571 doses were administered for minors aged 12 and 17.