24/7 vaccinations eyed in Metro Manila during ECQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) — Metro Manila may implement 24/7 vaccinations during the two-week enhanced community quarantine, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Año said he is "amenable" to the idea in order to fast-track the administration of the four million COVID-19 shots previously requested by Metro Manila mayors for their residents.

"Yes, I am amenable to that. In fact, we will employ additional law enforcement officers in vaccination sites to ensure that there (is) order in the vaccination. Including personnel from BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection), we will have standby ambulances," he said.

"Twenty-four hours a day is okay with me para matapos yung at least four million vaccines. Kung may madadagdag pa mas mabuti," Año added.

[Translation: Twenty-four hours a day is okay with me in order to finish at least four million vaccines. If there will be more doses, that will be better.]

Año did not specify when the 24/7 vaccinations will be implemented, but he noted that these must start "as soon as possible."

The city government of Manila already called for volunteer doctors, nurses, other health workers, and computer-literate college students willing to help out in their 24/7 vaccine drive.

Año said during their meeting last week, the national government assured Metro Manila mayors they will get the 4 million doses.

He also said part of the 3 million COVAX-donated Moderna doses arriving in the country on Tuesday will be distributed to the capital region.

READ: Duterte to personally welcome COVAX-donated vaccines on Aug. 3 

No house-to-house vaccinations

Meanwhile, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya dismissed the possibility of implementing house-to-house vaccinations among those who are not considered bed-ridden patients.

"Kung mag-house to house tayo, we will have to move all those people na magbahay-bahay. Sa panahon ng habagat, that would be very difficult for us to implement," he said in a briefing, noting that the system may also place the safety of vaccinators at risk.

[Translation: If we do house-to-house vaccinations, we will have to move all those people who will conduct house-to-house. During monsoon season, that would be very difficult for us to implement.]

Metro Manila will revert to the strictest enhanced community quarantine on Aug. 6 to 20 to control the spread of the feared Delta variant.

Residents scheduled to receive their doses will be considered authorized persons outside of residence, as long as they provide proof of their vaccination appointment. Año said. Walk-in vaccinations are discouraged to avoid crowding.

READ: NCR residents getting vaccinated can go out during ECQ