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Kids, seniors get vaxxed at Manila Zoo



(Photo by Joey Mendoza)

The Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden opened as the latest Covid-19 vaccination site for minors and senior citizens Wednesday with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna leading the simple ceremonial rites.

Free vaccines shots for first and second dose and boosters for all kinds of brands for seniors 60 years old and above and kids who belong to age 12 to 17 years old were made available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event was Manila’s aggressive move to vaccinate all people regardless if they are Manila residents or not.

“Minors 12 to 17-years-old first dose, minors 12 to 17-years-old second dose, and elderly whether they are guardians, parents, they can have their boosters. Now as we speak, registration is ongoing. Just go to and get your free ticket for 1,000 individuals,” Moreno said.

Although entrance is free, Moreno asked those who will visit Manila Zoo to avail of their vaccination. They can bring their own food and water. He also asked visitors to discipline themselves and throw their trash on garbage bins placed strategically inside the zoo.

The decision to have the zoo as a vaccination site was reached during a meeting made with heads of the Manila Health Department and Manila Zoo.

Moreno stressed the comfort and freedom of movement to people who had been ordered to stay in their houses particularly kids and seniors most vulnerable to infection.

“Here, they can roam around the newly-redeveloped 5-hectare zoo, the oldest in Asia which was built during the mid 60’s,” Moreno explained.

Meanwhile the LGU Manila vaccination drive posted a record of 23, 676 jabs for a single day, the highest since July 2021.

There were 23,000 individuals who took the jab last Monday, 17 January, the highest figure registered since July of last year.

Moreno revealed during a press briefing that the Manila Health Department vaccinated a total of 23,676 persons last 17 January with either their first dose, second dose and booster shot.

According to Dr. Arnold Pangan, Manila Health Department director, the 17 January figure is the highest vaccination registered in the city since a total of 44,584 people got the jab on 31 July 2021. Two days before on 15 January, around 22,346 people were vaccinated while on 14 January, some 20,787 people got the jab.

The record high vaccination last Monday was partly due to the opening of more drive-thru inoculation sites that include the Kartilya ng Katipunan for motorcycle drivers and couriers; the Quirino Grandstand drive-thru for 4-wheel vehicles and the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila drive-thru for drivers of public utility vehicles including deliver vans.