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QC vaccinates over 37,000 in a day, sets new record

The Quezon City Government on Monday set an all-time record among local governments nationwide after it vaccinated a total of 37,234 individuals against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Manila previously held the record for the highest number of vaccinations in a single day with 25,668 vaccinees on June 14.

“This is a big step in a ladder that we are climbing. With continued collective efforts from the city government, private sector, and other partners, we will soon achieve protection for most of our citizens,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

As of June 21, the city has administered a total of 646,043 vaccines for individuals under the A1 to A4 category.

Of this, 495,490 or 29.15% have received their first dose while 150,553 or 8.86%  have been fully vaccinated against the illness.

According to QC Task Force Vax to Normal co-chair Joseph Juico, population protection can be achieved within a year, provided that vaccine supply remains stable.

“The achievement of more than 37,000 is proof that we can do so much as long as we have a large supply of vaccines. We are sure that once supply becomes consistent, we can do so much more in a day,” he said.

Juico said that the task force is looking into intensifying its efforts.

“It is a work in progress and we will not stop improving our systems. We will work towards one goal: population protection,” he said.

At present, the QC government has 50 vaccination sites across the city.

Meanwhile, the local government has launched the "QC Bakuna Nights” which accommodates workers who are not able to take time off from work.

The service is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Joahna Lei Casilao/BM, GMA News