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San Juan readies storage for COVID-19 vaccines, eyes schools as vaccination centers


San Juan has started preparing storage facilities for the COVID-19 vaccines for its residents, Mayor Francis Zamora said Thursday.

Interviewed on Unang Balita, Zamora said the San Juan gymnasium would be the primary vaccination center for the city residents.

Some of the refrigerators of vaccines are already in place.

"Handang-handa na po ang San Juan City para sa pagdating ng bakuna. Katunayan, maaga ho kaming nagsimula at noong Disyembre ho kasi, binanggit sa amin ng IATF na posible pagdating nga nitong taon ay magsisimula na," Zamora said.

"These are refrigerators that can handle two to eight degrees celsius. 'Yan po ang temperatura na kinakailangan ng AstraZeneca," he added.

Aside from the gymnasium, Zamora said the city's barangay and school facilities can also be used in their vaccination program.

"We can also utilize our barangay facilities, pati ho ang public schools natin pwedeng gamitin so depende ho talaga 'yan sa magiging final count natin," Zamora said.

He added that San Juan could rent refrigerators for the Pfizer vaccines that would come from the national government.

"Magrerent lang po kami at may mga kausap na po tayo, pag sinabi po ng national government na okay good to go na po ang Pfizer para sa San Juan then we'll have these rented freezers brought here that will allow us to store the Pfizer vaccines at -7 degree celsius," Zamora said.

San Juan was among the local government units that inked a tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca and the national government as regards their inoculation program.

Aside from its initial order from AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines will also be distributed across Metro Manila.

Zamora said at least 15,500 San Juan residents have already registered for the vaccination. -Anna Felicia Bajo/NB, GMA News

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