Walk-ins allowed for seniors, people w/ comorbidities during ECQ period

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — Senior citizens and people with comorbidities without prior appointments can get their vaccines in immunization centers in areas under enhanced community quarantine, the National Vaccination Operations Center, which was tasked to issue inoculation guidelines during ECQ, said Tuesday.

Gingoog City, Iloilo City, Iloilo province, and Cagayan de Oro City are currently under ECQ. Meanwhile, Metro Manila will revert to ECQ for the third time from Aug. 6 to 20. 

"Since our focus is really group A2 and A3 because they are the most at risk and the most vulnerable, pwede silang mag-walk in (walk-ins are permitted for them)," Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, who also heads the NVOC said in an online briefing.

Meanwhile, walk-ins for other eligible sectors “shall not be allowed,” Cabotaje said.

Aside from this, vaccination in medical centers and hospitals should be temporarily suspended so healthcare workers can focus on attending to COVID-19 patients, Cabotaje said.

She also urged local governments to provide free rides to vaccine recipients and vaccination teams during the ECQ period. LGUs can also continue using bus-based mobile vaccination units, she added.

She said they will also deploy mobile vaccination teams to areas where there are more people who need to be inoculated and establish temporary post-vaccination sites.