COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City vaccination operations to continue during ECQ

According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, the local vaccination operations in Muntinlupa City will still continue during the 2-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that will take effect all over Metro Manila starting August 6. In addition, there will be new vaccination hubs or sites that will be opened so that more locals who registered previously can get vaccinated. It should be noted that the national government confirmed it will provide 4,000,000 new vaccine doses for Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) during the ECQ period and this is crucial especially in light of the presence of the highly infectious Delta variant in the metropolis.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the report of the Manila Bulletin. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City government will continue its COVID-19 vaccination program even under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) which will be implemented in Metro Manila on Aug. 6 to 20.

In an announcement, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) said “The vaccination in Muntinlupa will continue regardless of community quarantine classification.”

With travel restrictions put in place in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area starting Aug. 1, MunCoVac said people should show to authorities the text message of their vaccination schedule to be considered authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

The Muntinlupa police have set up a quarantine control point at the Muntinlupa-San Pedro, Laguna boundary and only APORs are allowed to pass through.

During an online briefing on Aug. 2, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said people who have schedules for vaccination are considered APORs.

“All those who will be vaccinated and have schedules will be exempted from these restrictions. They are included in the authorized persons outside of residence. They just need to bring their vaccination cards or their vaccination schedule and show it to enforcers so they will be allowed to travel,” she said.

MunCoVac said strict safety protocols will be implemented at vaccination sites including physical distancing. It advised people to go to the vaccination site on the time and date indicated in their schedule.

It said the Muntinlupa City government will open additional vaccination sites in barangays in the coming days.

Muntinlupa has seven vaccination sites: SM Center Muntinlupa, Ayala Malls South Park, Festival Mall upper ground floor parking area, New Cupang Health Center, Sucat covered court, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and Biazon covered court at Southville 3 housing project.

Residents of Muntinlupa City who remain unregistered and unvaccinated should make a move to get registered by learning the ways to do it. Those who are prepared (with personal information available) and willing to go through online registration for the free vaccines in Muntinlupa are encouraged to click

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Do you believe that the City Government of Muntinlupa and its strategic partners will be able to fully vaccinate the 385,000+ they targeted before the year ends? What do you think about the planned new vaccination hubs? Does the announced ECQ discourage you from getting vaccinated?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.


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