City Health Officer Dr. Gloria Fabrigas said that they were surprised by the huge turnout of people who wanted to be vaccinated with the single-dose vaccine. Tuesday’s (20 July) rollout saw 3,400 seniors and persons with comorbidities get injected with the Johnson & Johnson dose.
TACLOBAN CITY — The recent 3,400 vaccinations is a huge number compared to the number of turnouts prior to Tuesday’s inoculations. The usual peak is at around 400 per day.
Long queues were seen at the two Tacloban vaccination sites, Robinsons North and Robinsons Marasbaras from as early as six in the morning.
According to Fabrigas, even people from outside Tacloban came over to the vaccination sites to get injected with their doses, only to be rejected for not being qualified residents of the city.
Tacloban City Mayor’s “Bring One Get One” strategy may have also contributed to the significant increase in the number of elderlies showing up at the vaccine sites. The Bring One Get One strategy allows those who fall under the A4 and A5 categories (frontliners, essential workers, and the indigent population) to receive first priority if they bring one senior citizen or person with disability (PWD) along with them to the vaccination site.
A total of 10,000 Janssen doses have been allocated to the City of Tacloban by the National Government.
More than 33,000 people have been successfully vaccinated within the city ever since the vaccine rollouts started. The city aims to inoculate around 190,000 people in order to achieve herd immunity. (RF /Headline PH)
Featured image: Bring One Get One. Queues form outside the malls for the J&J inoculation. Ten thousand J&J jabs have been allotted to the city. /Credit: Tacloban City Information Office Facebook page