The Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team gave high marks to San Juan City’s efficient and comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination plan.

(photo from San Juan PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

During their visit Wednesday, the CODE team congratulated San Juan City Mayor Francisco Zamora and the entire city government for their initiatives against COVID-19 and for recording the highest percentage of vaccination registrants in a city in NCR.

“We congratulate the city for having 19,494 registrants of 19% of the city’s population, the highest in NCR,” Disease Prevention and Control Bureau – DOH Dir. Aleli Annie Sudiacal said. 

“This is a very comprehensive and viable vaccination plan. San Juan is ready, kulang na lang po ang bakuna (all that is needed is the vaccine),” she added. 

The local government started running simulations for its COVID-19 vaccination plan since January 13 to ensure that all processes from storage to vaccination down to post-vaccination observation will be efficient and in order. 

San Juan City now has 18 freezers ready, 16 of which are capable of storing vaccines in 2-8C temperature, and rented two ultracold freezers for vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca. 

These freezers are situated in the city’s main vaccination center to cut travel time and avoid spoilage. 

Five vaccination centers are already on standby.

“We have trained several of our personnel to facilitate the vaccination program. We have 40 teams of vaccinators and we hope to finish vaccinating all San Juaneños in 43 days,” Zamora said.

“We have already procured 100,000 doses from AstraZeneca, reserved 10,000 doses from Moderna, and a lot more will be coming from the national government such as Pfizer,” he added.

The city government also announced its allocation of P150 million in medical assistance for those who will experience any adverse effect from the vaccines.

“Yung mga medication, may fund po ‘yan. Itong fund na ‘to, it’s more than enough (There is a fund for medications. This fund is more than enough),” Mayor Zamora added.  

He revealed that the city government is targeting at least 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated or about 85,000 residents. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (