Malabon to employ PUV drivers during vaccination
Displaced drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) in Malabon will be tapped by the local government to transport residents who are qualified for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination to the rollout sites, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.
According to city health officer Bobby Romero, they have already coordinated with tricycle, e-tricycle, and jeepney drivers associations and tasked them to fetch those who will be inoculated at their designated pick-up points.
“They will be transported from the pick-up points in their barangays to their designated vaccination sites. So, it’s important for us to know their schedule of vaccination,” Romero said on Tuesday as the city government presented its vaccination program plan to the National Task Force Against COVID-19.
The city health officer also said five areas will serve as vaccination centers. These are the Ospital ng Malabon, Acacia Elementary School, Malabon National High School Auditorium, Longos Elementary School, and Potrero Elementary School.
Ospital Ng Malabon will serve as inoculation sites for the city’s frontline health workers while the Acacia Elementary School will serve the residents of barangays Niugan, Ibaba, San Agustin, Tañong, Tonsuya, Acacia, Tugatog, Tinajeros, Maysilo, and Catmon, Romero said.
Meanwhile, Malabon National High School will accommodate those coming from barangays Baritan, Concepcion, Dampalit, Hulong Duhat, Panghulo, Antolan, Muzon, Bayan-bayanan, and Flores, he added.
The Potrero Elementary School will be reserved for Potrero residents while the Longos Elementary School will be for Longos residents.
While the local government awaits the signing of a contract with a COVID-19 vaccine maker, it has already identified about 75,225 individuals who will be prioritized to get the vaccine.
Romero said these are the city’s 3,027 health workers; 33,353 indigent senior citizens; 15,163 remaining senior citizens; 23,140 remaining indigent population; and 542 uniformed personnel, such as police and the firefighters.
Mayor Lenlen Oreta said the local government already earmarked some P200 million for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
Bong Padua, the city’s public information office head, said P100 million from the allocated budget will be used for the procurement of AstraZeneca vaccine while the remaining amount will be for the purchase of other brands.