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Makati distributes GCs to 24,352 fully-vaccinated seniors

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said some 24,352 fully vaccinated senior citizens have received the P1,000-gift certificate that the city government started distributing last July 5 to show gratitude and appreciation for their support for Bakuna Makati.

The mayor said the incentive was one of a number of strategic measures taken by the city to overcome vaccine hesitancy, especially among the elderly who are at high risk of suffering severe symptoms due to COVID-19. She pointed out some positive outcomes recently gained.

“This past month, there has been an uptick in the number of senior citizens that registered for COVID-19 vaccination under the A2 category. As of the end of July, we have registered around 50,000 senior citizens. Of these, 44,121 got their first dose of the vaccine, while 35,813 got their second dose,” Mayor Abby said.

“Ideally, we should achieve 100 percent vaccination rate among the elderly. However, it would still depend on their willingness to get vaccinated and on the availability of vaccines,” she added.

The mayor also reiterated the city’s commitment to the prioritization guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH).

“We have strictly followed DOH protocols in allocating vaccines provided by the national government, and we intend to do the same with city-procured vaccines,” Mayor Abby said.

The initial batches of the one million vaccines purchased by the city are expected to arrive this month.

“These past months, we have been going out of our way to boost the registration rate of Bakuna Makati among target groups. We want to make sure we will have enough people to vaccinate every time we get a partial delivery on the one million doses we purchased, and receive supplies from the national government,” Mayor Abby said.

To achieve herd immunity, the city must fully vaccinate around 430,000 individuals or 70 percent of the city’s estimated population in 2020. At two doses per individual, the city-procured vaccines will cover 500,000 Makatizens, both residents and transient workers, the mayor said.

Last July 23, the city started its House to House (H2H) vaccination drive for bedridden residents using the single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The first 10 elderly residents served by the H2H vaccination team are residents of barangays Cembo, Olympia, Sta. Cruz, and Valenzuela. To date, some 11,750 doses of Janssen have been administered to senior citizens and persons with comorbidities in the city.

The city has also established satellite registration sites and a drive-thru vaccination site, and sustained an aggressive social media campaign. 

Through the Satellite Bakuna Registration launched last July 1, the city has registered some 7,923 residents to date. Schedules for each strategic location are announced in advance through My Makati Facebook page.

In partnership with Ayala Malls Circuit, the city opened the country’s first drive-thru vaccination site last May 7 to accommodate PWD and bedridden residents for vaccination. Mayor Abby subsequently ordered the service to be extended to other qualified groups as well, and offered free transportation to Vax OTG registrants who have no means of transportation. Vax OTG is open every Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 7pm.

Since Bakuna Makati kicked off last March, the city government has been actively engaged in social media to promote awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated. With over 483,000 followers to date, My Makati Facebook page has been optimized as an advocacy platform through videos and artcards showing Makatizens confidently getting their vaccines and urging others to register.

Through strategic partnerships with the private sector, the city has established vaccination sites dedicated to economic frontliners – private sector workers categorized as A4 in the DOH priority list. These include Glorietta 2, San Lorenzo Place, Ayala Malls Circuit, and Rockwell Power Plant, among others.

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