Vaccination Drive Resumes in Mandaluyong City as Typhoon Karding Weakens, Exits PAR

City Mayor Benjamin Abalos, Sr. says health officials have to be creative for kids’ inoculation

By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN – Science and Digital News 

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Mayor Benjamin Abalos, Sr. (Photo: SDN – Science and Digital News)

MANDALUYONG CITY, Sept. 27, 2022 — After a few days of weather-induced pause, vaccination in this Metro Manila local government unit (LGU) resumed today, September 27, 2022.

In a related development, Mayor Benjamin Abalos, Sr. told visiting journalists that city health officials have to get creative in order to get kids to agree to be vaccinated.

He said that one of the ways is to offer kids, who are naturally with their parents, cotton candy, among other offerings to get their attention away from the needle.

Officers and members of the PAMAMARISAN-Rizal Press Corps paid a courtesy call today, Tuesday, on Abalos, who animatedly spoke and discussed with the journalists a range of issues concerning his plans going forward, including constructing housing units for the members of the city’s Judiciary and Philippine National Police (PNP), as well as his constituents who still rents their dwellings.

Without their own house, Abalos said they have to keep on paying rent, month after month.

“After paying the rent (for the month), another month comes to pay again. So, I really want them to have their own house,” the mayor said, speaking softly with sincerity, empathy and compassion.

He mentioned a budget of Php400 million for housing, at the same time adding the amount is not enough. The mayor said he prefers a tall building, at least 24 stories, to maximize land use.

“I really want them to have their own house,” Abalos said softly, apparently speaking with compassion, empathy, and sincerity.

Meanwhile, the city government resumed its vaccination drive after a few days of suspension as a result of the onslaught of Typhoon Karding that slammed through Luzon on Monday and Sunday.

The LGU resumed giving the jabs after the government’s weather bureau lifted the typhoon signal for Metro Manila, which is comprised of 16 cities and one municipality.

In a statement received by SDN — Science and Digital News, the city government said it wants to increase administering booster shots for individuals belonging to A1 category (health front-liners) and A2 (senior citizens).

Figures released by the City Health Department, as of September 22, showed Mandaluyong’s booster shot deployment by the City Health Department against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) had already administered 3,465 2nd booster jabs for the A1 category, 13,996 2nd booster shots to A2 senior citizens, and 33,781 2nd booster doses to A3 persons with comorbidities.

Abalos said the city’s vaccination drive adheres with the “PinasLakas Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign” of the Department of Health (DOH) by making booster shots accessible, safe, and free.

Under the new campaign, LGUs will turn to a settings-based approach in its vaccine deployment, such as offering booster doses in offices, schools, places of worship, markets, factories, plaza, malls, public transport terminals, and other areas in the community.

Following this widen vaccination campaign, the city government partnered recently with Rockwell Business Center Sheridan and held its “Jabs on Jobsite” at the said company to deliver booster shots to employees of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

The city government also entered into a similar partnership with San Miguel Corporation (SMC) where a pop-up vaccination center was put up at the company’s headquarters in Ortigas Center.

Abalos, DOH Officer-in-Charge Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, and SMC President Ramon Ang led the vaccination of employees last Sept 14.

During the opening of classes on August 22 for the school year 2022-2023 the city government also put up vaccination centers in public schools premises to administer  the coronavirus vaccines to students.

Neil Alcober of the Daily Tribune, president of the media group, arranged the meeting with the Mandaluyong chief executive to introduce the group and also have an opportunity to exchange views with Abalos. Of course, the mayor graciously agreed to field a few questions.

Alcober requested the mayor to administer the oath taking of the group’s officers and members. The mayor did not hesitate to say “Yes”.(✓)

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