In an effort to push back against the surge of COVID-19 cases, the City of Manila has opened a drive-through booster vaccination site at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, and it consists of four lanes.
The official post of the Manila PIO regarding the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine booster site
According to Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso, the site will be capable of accommodating up to 300 vehicles, equivalent to around 1,500 individuals, daily. Of note, vehicles with up to four or five occupants can enter the site, which is also open to non-Manila residents.
Mayor Domagoso adds that the facility is open 24 hours a day. Another thing is, no prior registration or appointments are needed to get a COVID-19 booster shot from this site. You’ll only need to show up, and medical personnel will attend to you on a first-come, first-served basis.
All existing brands of COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Manila drive-through booster vaxx facility. Moreover, the site will also continue to provide a drive-through reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
The city has already prepared around 190,000 booster shots. According to the Department of Health, those who have completed their first and second vaccine shots at least three months prior can get the booster. Meanwhile, those who received single-dose vaccines such as Johnson & Johnson two months prior are also eligible to have the booster shots administered.
Besides proving the drive-through booster vaxx site at the Quirino Grandstand, the city government of Manila is also continuing its two-wheel (motorcycles and bicycles) drive-thru booster shot site at the Kartilya ng Katipunan at Lawton, in close vicinity of the Manila City Hall.
Cars lining up at the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine booster site
So far, the said site has already inoculated 4,925 individuals since its opening last Thursday, January 6.
As of January 12, the Department of Health has tallied 32,246 new COVID-19 cases. This is the second highest single-day record so far.
So if you’ve already gotten your initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a couple of months ago, then a booster shot is recommended to reinforce your body’s defenses against the virus. And hey, this drive-through booster site is pretty convenient as it allows you and your entire household to get your jabs in one go, without leaving the safety of the car.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel