COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa launches rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, targets to max out supply by May 18

The City Government of Muntinlupa formally launched their rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in major vaccination sites and set a goal to max out the supply by May 18 due to the sensitivity of the vaccines.

Muntinlupa City Health Office has started to inoculate healthcare frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities with COVAX-donated Pfizer vaccines on May 14. At least 700 residents are set to receive their jab in the first day of the rollout.

The local health office targets to administer the first batch of Pfizer vaccines in major vaccination sites until May 18 upon recommendation from authorities to only use the vaccines 5 days upon unpacking. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a series of two doses 3 weeks apart.

Walk-ins will not be accommodated in the city’s major vaccination sites where Pfizer vaccines are being administered. The public is advised to register in the city’s COVID-19 Vaccination Registration System via www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac. Only residents who are registered will be given schedule in the major vaccination sites and will be notified via SMS.

Muntinlupa initially received 1,170 vials (7,020 doses) of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from the Department of Health. This is part of the first batch of 193,050 doses secured by the national government through the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi extended his thanks to the national government for the allocation of more COVID-19 vaccines to Muntinlupa. He said the additional supply of vaccines will help the local vaccination program as more residents line up to get vaccinated.

Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (right) witness the vaccination of a local healthworker with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last May 14 at Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang. The local government of Muntinlupa has started to inoculate healthcare frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities using the COVAX-donated Pfizer vaccines. At least 700 residents are set to receive their jab in the first day of the rollout. Fresnedi extended his thanks to the national government for the allocation of more COVID-19 vaccines to Muntinlupa. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

To date, 77,323 residents have already signed up for the city’s immunization campaign.

Fresnedi also assured the public of the local government’s preparedness for the cold-chain management of the temperature-sensitive vaccines. The vaccines are stored in the local government’s partner storage facility Royal Cargo Logistics Center in Barangay Cupang.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines need to be stored at a temperature of -70 to -80 degrees Celsius.

Last May 13, DOH and National Vaccination Operations Center executives visited a simulation activity for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in Muntinlupa at Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang.

Officials attending the simulation activity were: DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau director Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, NVOC execs Dr. Shirly Pador and Dr. Sarah Lazaga, DOH Dir. Gloria Balboa, DOH Dir. Ma. Paz Corrales, DOH DMO execs Dr. Jose Mari Castro and Dr. Anatoly de los Santos, Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dr. Juancho Bunyi, and among others.

Further, regular vaccination sites will continue to accommodate A1, A2, and A3 for their second dose.

As of May 13, 28,635 city residents were inoculated with their first dose in Muntinlupa, of which 21,474 received Sinovac, 4,182 inoculated with AstraZeneca, and 2,979 were vaccinated with Sputnik V.

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