Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the city government’s second coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mass vaccination simulation at Isabelo Delos Reyes Elementary School on Thursday.


Domagoso said they must conduct several simulations to build the city government’s “muscle memory” while performing the vaccination process in anticipation of the national government’s approval of a vaccine for use and distribution.

“Eventually, we might not suffer any stumbling blocks during the process of the actual vaccination,” he said in a press briefing.

“We can afford to do practice, practice, practice. We can afford to do simulation, simulation, simulation. So that later on, because the vaccine is there, it’s just a question of time, ‘pag dumating na ‘yan, awa ng Diyos, maging suwabe ang lahat (when that arrives, with God’s mercy, everything will go smoothly),” he added.

Around 1,000 community-based target individuals, Manila Health Department personnel, and barangay health workers were tapped to demonstrate the vaccination procedure.

If the patient pre-registered for the vaccine at, the steps are as follows:

  1. Checking of vital signs
  2. Screening and verification
  3. Vaccination proper
  4. Holding area for observation

If the patients are walk-in registrants, they must follow the steps below:

  1. Checking of vital signs
  2. Walk-in registration
  3. Screening and verification
  4. Vaccination proper
  5. Holding area for observation MHD head Arnold Pangan had earlier said the process for pre-registered patients would be six minutes long, while the process for walk-in registrants would take around eleven minutes.

After this, patients must stay in a holding area for up to an hour for observation. Medical emergency staff and members of the Manila Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (MDRRMO) will be deployed in case the vaccine causes any adverse effects on the patients, the Manila mayor said.

The patients’ COVID-19 Vaccination IDs, that they can access through a website, will automatically update to reflect the data from the vaccination process.

The Manila city government held its first vaccination simulation exercise at Palma Hall of Universidad de Manila on January 19.

Sta. Ana Hospital also conducted its own vaccination simulation on Wednesday.

Domagoso said they are eyeing to establish at least 18 vaccination sites with open spaces, up to five vaccination rooms, and a stable internet connection.

The local chief executive said all of the vaccine storage equipment procured by the city government have already arrived.

These include five Haier HYC-390 refrigeration units which can store vaccine doses from AstraZeneca and Sinovac, four other biomedical freezers which can store Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccine vials, and three -86 degrees celsius ULT Freezers from Haier which can store Pfizer vaccines.

The city government also acquired 50 transport coolers that will be used in transporting the vaccines.

All of these will be installed at the Manila COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility that is being built at the Sta. Ana Hospital. The city government is targeting to launch this by the end of January.

The Manila city government secured an advance purchase of 800,000 COVID-19 vaccines from British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Frontline health workers, senior citizens and other vulnerable sectors, and public school teachers are included in the city government’s priority list for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Those who pre-registered for the vaccine will be inoculated next. As of Thursday, over 77,000 individuals have already pre-registered at the city government’s website.

Source: Manila Bulletin (