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Mayors ramp up 2nd booster vax drive

Let us not waste the opportunity and cooperate with the government’s efforts to prevent any surge to happen in the country.



The cities of Caloocan, Navotas, Valenzuela and Quezon on Tuesday urged healthcare workers, immunocompromised adults, and senior citizens to get their second Covid-19 booster doses.

Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan said that anyone can just walk into any vaccination site in the city to get their second booster shots, adding that non-residents are also welcome.

In Navotas, Mayor Toby Tiangco issued the same call citing the guidance that the Department of Health has given local government units in expediting the administration of Covid-19 jabs.

Except for the Navotas City Hospital and the Tumana Health Center, all other vaccination sites in the city are accepting walk-ins, Tiangco said.

He added that those seeking the second booster shots need only bring their medical certificates for the immunocompromised, and identification cards for medical frontliners and seniors, along with their vax cards.

The provision of second booster doses has also started in Valenzuela City, with its jab sites open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday urged her eligible constituents not to hesitate to get boosted against the virus, especially with the emerging new Omicron subvariants.

“To those qualified to get the second booster shot, please go to our vaccination centers whether in malls or health centers, especially for our front-liners, senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals,” Belmonte said in a report by the Philippine News Agency.

As of Monday, Belmonte said the city government has already administered a total of 6,234 Covid-19 second booster shots.

Following the detection of an Omicron subvariant in the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government urged local government units to strengthen vaccination programs.

Belmonte said the public should not be complacent and never underestimate the threat of Covid-19 despite the decline in the number of cases.

“Let us not waste the opportunity and cooperate with the government’s efforts to prevent any surge to happen in the country,” Belmonte said.

With PNA