Metro Manila LGUs kick off vaccination of elderly vs. COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) - Some local government units have already started to inoculate their elderly residents against COVID-19.

Senior citizens are next in the priority line after healthcare workers.

The city of Manila on Sunday already started to vaccinate all its senior citizens against the highly contagious virus.

The Manila Public Information Office said 3,966 elderly residents have already received their first of dose of the vaccine manufactured by British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno told CNN Philippines that Manila residents who are 18 to 59 years old and with comorbidities will be next in line. They will receive shots using the vaccine manufactured by Chinaโ€™s Sinovac.

Meanwhile, Navotas City started its vaccination program for senior citizens on Monday. They will also be inoculated with vaccines from AstraZeneca.

Mayor Toby Tiangco said the registration for the vaccination is ongoing.

Caloocan, Pateros, and Navotas also began their vaccination programs on Monday.

San Juan City, on the other hand, will start to vaccinate the elderly and those with comorbidities on Tuesday, March 30.

Meanwhile, the cities of Pasig and Makati announced that pre-registration for the vaccination of senior citizens is ongoing.

The country started to inoculate healthcare workers last March 1 using the donated doses from the Chinese government and the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.

The Department of Health on Monday reported 10,016 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 731,894.