Manila launches driving reminders for cyclists
MANILA – The local government in Manila on Saturday launched its driving booster vaccination for motorcyclists and cyclists.
The special vaccination campaign started at 8 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m.
Shortly before 8 a.m., however, dozens of runners have already flocked to the Kartilya ng Katipunan Park site near City Hall to queue.
The Manila government said 1,000 doses are allocated for the planned mass inoculation and would be administered on a first come, first served basis.
Boosters are available for residents and non-residents of the city.
Because the event is expected to have a large crowd, its organizers have assigned commissioners to ensure minimum health standards are met, such as the correct wearing of face masks and physical distancing.
This is the third mass vaccination booster launched by the municipal government this week.
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The local government administered booster shots to workers at the Divisoria shopping center last Wednesday and delivery men on Friday.
Based on the LGU tally on Friday, they administered a total of 155,030 booster shots.
To date, Manila has fully immunized 1,505,400 people.
The Philippines is racing against time to fully immunize the majority of its population against COVID-19 amid the presence of more transmissible variants.
Data has shown that at least 51.6 million people are fully immune to respiratory disease, while more than 57.4 million have received their first vaccine.
On the other hand, nearly 3 million eligible people received their boosters.
The arrival of the omicron variant saw a new spike in cases in the country, with numbers surpassing 21,000 on Friday and the positivity rate at a record 40%.