QC to start 'limited vaccination' for A4 on June 11

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — Quezon City will start vaccinating essential workers under the A4 priority group on Friday, four days after local government units in NCR+8 were ordered to start the inoculation drive for the sector.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte told CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday that over 43,800 doses of China's Sinovac vaccines will be rolled out for the A4 while 10,000 doses will be allocated for the second dose of residents under the A1 to A3 (health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities) category.

"We will be having about 43,800 which will be rolled out starting tomorrow. We will be opening our online booking sites today so people can book online today. In addition to that we can coordinate with their barangays for barangay-assisted bookings as well," Belmonte said.

However, Belmonte said the vaccination drive will be at a limited capacity since a stable supply is not yet guaranteed. Once the LGU is sure that more doses are coming in, they will use up all the 43,800 doses for first dose so everyone can get their shots as soon as possible.

"We will limit the number of sites to be operated consistent to what we can supply in terms of vaccines," she said. "Actually, kung full force kami (if we will do this full force), we can activate about 50 sites already but given limited supply, we are only thinking of activating eight of our vaccination sites."

Belmonte said the country's largest city can vaccinate 24,000 individuals daily. This means almost half of the recently delivered vaccines in the city can be finished in just a day.

She added that once they are ready to hold mass vaccinations, "midnight shifts" could even be implemented in select sites for workers under the no-work-no-pay scheme. "Vaccine buses" will also be set up in areas near market vendors and tricycle drivers so they can easily get their shots.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. apologized to LGUs on Wednesday for the delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, which led to the postponement of the vaccination of workers in NCR+8. He said supply will normalize by June 14, Monday, as more vaccine doses arrive in the country.

READ: Galvez apologizes to LGUs for delayed vaccine supply

The Philippines is expecting to receive its biggest single-day COVID-19 vaccine delivery on Thursday, with 2.2 million more Pfizer shots arriving via the global initiative COVAX later in the day. A million government-purchased Sinovac doses already arrived in the morning.

READ: Over 3.2M COVID-19 vaccine shots arriving in PH