THE third vaccination site of Mandaue City that can cater every day up to 400 individuals who want to avail themselves of Covid-19 vaccine has opened in Pacific Mall in Barangay Ibabao-Estancia on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Last week, Mayor Jonas Cortes announced that the City Government would tap malls and used portions of their spaces as vaccination sites.
Mall operators allowing vaccinations could generate income for them as some of the people shop after their inoculation.
August Lizer Malate, head of Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said they officially opened the vaccination site located on the third and fourth floors of Pacific Mall.
Four vaccination teams were deployed to Pacific Mall, the third vaccination site managed by the Mandaue City Vaccination Operations Center.
Malate said Pacific Mall is a suitable vaccination site as it has a public transportation terminal, it is accessible as it is located near the national highway, and it is spacious.
He said they will open more vaccination sites and they are still preparing the logistics, personnel, and scheduling of the vaccination recipients.
Malate said they are still hiring more vaccination personnel and they also welcome volunteers who wish to help the vaccination program of the city.
Also, he said that they will still not cater walk-ins in all the vaccination sites, including the ones at Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex and University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu Mandaue (UCLM) campus.
However, Malate said they will register the city residents who attempt to walk in the vaccination sites to the city’s master list so that they will be given a schedule for their vaccination.
He said the reason they will not accommodate walk-ins because they have allocated a certain amount of vaccine doses in every vaccination site for the scheduled individuals.
He said it would be unfair for those who went through the process of registering and waiting for their turn to get vaccinated.
On June 1, 2021, Ernie Manatad, head of Vaccine Board and Association of Barangay Council president, said 1,575 Mandaue City residents were vaccinated—366 in UCLM; 730 in the sports complex; 258 in Pacific Mall; and 221 in IEC Convention Center Cebu.
As of May 31, 2021, Malate said around 9,000 individuals have received their first dose, while 5,000 individuals have completed their second and final dose.
Mandaue City has to inoculate 295,000 individuals as these consist 70 percent of the city’s population that must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.