Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro on Sunday assured security of the 600,000 doses of China-made Sinovac vaccine once they are deposited in the five-hectare storage facility located in the city.
In an interview over DZMM, Teodoro said the services of the city government will be given, from ensuring the immediate transfer of the Sinovac vaccines from Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to the storage facility in Marikina City and until the delivery of the vaccines to the different hospitals.
“We have an advance command post in the area to ensure that there will be smooth traffic management and we will provide 24-hour security. We are not only prepared for the smooth arrival and storage of the vaccines, most importantly in the start of the vaccination program on Monday and in the coming days, starting this week,” Teodoro said.
He further added that the city government will provide security once the national government starts the distribution of the vaccines in the various vaccination centers.
“Priority is the COVID referral hospital and after that will be the public and private hospitals. The hierarchy in the priority list has been finalized, from big hospitals down to the small hospitals in both public and private hospitals. The idea really is to vaccinate our frontliners, particularly those in the health care institutions,” Teodoro added.
The mayor explained that the storage in the city is strategically located to ensure the immediate distribution of the vaccines as it is located in the major road that connects to the highway system “wherein the traffic will be managed to ensure that delivery period for rollout is achieved. We are taking into consideration the time element in the distribution of the vaccines.”
Among the top priority hospitals include the Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, and V. Luna Medical Center.