NEWS ALERT: Mayor Isko unveils Manila COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has unveiled the city’s new COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility which can store vaccine vials from different pharmaceutical firms.

The facility was unveiled after national government officials from the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team visited the Sta. Ana Hospital on Friday morning, January 29. It is located at the 7th floor of the hospital.

Refrigeration units have already been deployed at the facility, which includes five HYC-390 refrigerators for AstraZeneca and Sinovac vials, two -25°C biomedical freezers and two -30°C biomedical freezers for Johnson&Johnson and Moderna vials.

Three more refrigeration units are expected to arrive at the Sta. Ana Hospital—the -86°C ULT freezers—which can store Pfizer vials.

During the presentation of the facility, Domagoso said the local government is committed to helping the national government inform and educate the public about how important COVID-19 vaccination is to ending the pandemic.“COVID-19 vaccination ang susi sa pagbubukas muli ng ekonomiya,” Domagoso said in a statement.“Gusto ko na pong makabalik na sa trabaho ang mga tao nang panatag, makasakay na sila ulit ng public transportation nang komportable, magbukas ang mga negosyo, makagalaw na ang mga nawalan ng trabaho, makabalik na ang mga bata sa eskwela,” the Mayor added.

CODE Team officials visited the vaccine storage facility following a presentation by City Health Officer Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan for the Manila COVID-19 Situation Report.During the presentation, Dr. Pangan presented the response efforts of the local government, which includes the city’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, the construction of a vaccine storage facility, the deployment of 14 quarantine facilities, and the free swab test services for residents and workers, among others.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said “we have seen that the City of Manila is ready for the upcoming vaccination.”

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Eric Domingo also assured the public that they will only approve vaccines which are safe for public use. “Hindi po ako magpapasa ng bakuna na hindi ko ituturok sa sarili kong mga magulang. Kaya ‘pag nakarating po sa inyo ‘yung (bakuna), ‘wag po kayong mangamba, inaral po talaga natin ‘yun,” Domingo said.

Likewise, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told local government officials that “the President has promised that no one will be left behind. This problem will soon end. The vaccines will arrive for all Filipinos.”

In response, Domagoso assured the national government that the Manila City government “will continue to align ourselves towards our goal, which is our roadmap to vaccination.” —MPIO News Release