Ten locations have been initially identified by the Quezon City government to be used as inoculation sites for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to its constituents.
“Pinili natin ang mga lugar na ito para madaling puntahan ng mga residente ng anim na distrito ng ating siyudad,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“Nagsimula na tayong magtalaga ng vaccination sites para handa na tayo oras na dumating ang bakuna. We have to plan ahead to assure our people that we are doing everything to make these vaccines available as soon as possible,” she added.
Among the chosen vaccination sites are Project 6 Tennis Court in District 1, Batasan Hills National High School and NGC Covered Court in District 2 and Aguinaldo Elementary School in District 3.
Dona Josefa Jara Martinez High School and Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School in District 4, Kaligayahan Activity Center and Fairview Covered Court in District 5, and Emilio Jacinto Elementary School and Culiat High School in District 6 have been designated as vaccination areas as well.
Belmonte said the city government is targeting to establish 24 sites, in addition to the three city-run hospitals – QC General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital. According to Dr. Esperanza Arias, head of the City Health Department, the city has already identified the other vaccination sites but they are still being evaluated to comply with Department of Health (DOH) standards.
“The vaccination site must have unidirectional workflow or one entry and one exit, comfort rooms and ample space for free movement of staff and observance of minimum health standards,” said Dr. Arias.
Arias added that a standby generator set, an ambulance and presence of Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) personnel are also required, among others.
”For every site, the QC government will designate 22 employees composed of physicians, marshals, vaccinators, counselors, and admin staff,” Arias said.
The city government earlier entered into a tripartite agreement with the AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines and the national government for the delivery of 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.