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DILG: 5,000 more COVID-19 vaccines given to Pasay for brgy. health workers

Around 5,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to Pasay City amid the increasing number of infections there, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday.

In a text message to GMA News Online, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the additional doses are dedicated to barangay health centers and workers.

“Five thousand additional doses to cover all Barangay health centers and Barangay health workers in Pasay City,” Malaya said.

According to Malaya, the additional supply aims to protect barangay health workers from contracting COVID-19 considering the increasing numbers of cases in the city.

Last week, the Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) sounded the alarm after it observed a higher rate of transmissions within households.

Due to the threat of further spread of the disease, over 50 barangays were placed on lockdown.

On February 9, Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano announced she had tested positive for COVID-19 in an RT-PCR test.

Also on Tuesday, the Department of Health announced that three of the six cases detected to have the South African variant of the coronavirus are from Pasay City.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH found a link between two of the South African variant cases in Pasay but added that further analysis is needed to confirm widespread transmission.

“‘Yun po ang tinitingnan natin ngayon, na baka diyan sa Pasay may local transmission,” she said in a virtual briefing. —KBK, GMA News