October 2, 2023

Baguio City continues to improve its Covid-19 vaccination program.

As of last week, the city added another vaccination center to the three existing sites to improve the vaccination coverage in preparation for the expected influx of vaccine supplies in the next months.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said SM Baguio offered a spacious location in its parking building, which the city began using last May 11.

The city has three vaccination mega centers – University of Baguio gymnasium, St. Louis University Main Gym, and St. Louis School, Inc.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said six teams have been deployed for each site.

Magalong said they have been closely working with the Department of Health-Cordillera under Director Ruby Constantino in streamlining the procedures on vaccine deployment and administration.

In a recent meeting, he said the city and the DOH-CAR ironed out issues on the process of administering the supplies so that the city had been given some leeway in managing its allocations.

The city hopes to continuously improve its utilization rate, which as of May 7 is at 76.38 percent.

The mayor said the city’s vaccination process is turning out well judging from the feedback he had received from various people.

“The feedback coming from different people commends the way we are doing it here in Baguio, so I congratulate our Health Services Office under Dr. Galpo and her team for a job well done,” the mayor said.

He said the process is far from being perfect and there are those who feel it is still wanting, but there is always a room for improvement.

Unti-unting gumaganda na.  We will continue to work on the problems areas in coordination with the concerned agencies so that we can deliver the vaccine needs of our residents as conveniently as possible,” Magalong said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo