The Manila City government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility is now set to begin its operations on February 14 after it received its three biomedical freezers intended for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

The three freezers arrived on Tuesday, February 9 at the Sta. Ana Hospital where the vaccine storage facility is located. This means the local government now has 12 COVID-19 refrigeration units in total.

Upon arrival of the new freezers, Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso immediately called for a meeting with Vice Mayor Ma. Sheilah ‘Honey’ Lacuna-Pangan together with officials from the Manila Health Department (MHD) and Sta. Ana Hospital for the upcoming mass vaccination activities.

Also present during the meeting were Assistant to the City Health Officer Dr. Ed Santos, Sta. Ana Hospital Pharmacist Jude Beltran, Biomedical Specialist Walter Rigonan, City Engineer Armand Andres, and Haier Biomedical Company Managing Director Pilarcita Sta. Ana with Sales Director Jonathan Sta. Ana.

“Gawin natin ang lahat para maproteksyunan ang bakuna. That is a reflection of every life that we can protect. May buhay na nakasalalay sa bawat bakunang hawak natin,” Domagoso told Sta. Ana Hospital officials led by Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla.

“The efficiency and the value of the product lies on your hands. Protect the product,” the Mayor added.

In response, Dr. Padilla said the Sta. Ana Hospital stands ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines from different brands, adding that the facility is secure and operational with 11 CCTV cameras working 24/7 and six data loggers.

The hospital director added that her facility has a back-up generator for the vaccine storage facility in case of any power interruption.

“This is to ensure the security of the vaccines tapos sa ating mga refrigerations mayroon tayong tinatawag na data logger, sila yung magmo-monitor ng temperature ng each ref,” Dr. Padilla said.

“They will make sure na hindi magflu-fluctuate yung ating mga temperature so it will make vaccines more viable and effective,” she added.

The Mayor stressed the sensitivity of the vaccine amid any change in temperature as he urged Dr. Padilla to direct hospital personnel to remain cautious and prudent at all times.

“Once the vaccines are there, we will not stop — Monday to Sunday, hindi tayo hihinto. Hihinto lang tayo kapag tapos na. This is saving lives, protecting lives, yun ang goal,” Domagoso said.

“Ang habol ko ay walang mamamatay. Hindi na baleng may patuloy na infection, basta wala nang mamamatay. Kawawa ang tao,” he added.

Sta. Ana Hospital Biomedical Specialist Walter Rigonan said the city government’s 12 COVID-19 vaccine freezers can accommodate the following:

—2 units of -10 to -25 freezer: 5,200 vials each
—2 units of -10 to -30 freezer: 17,2000 vials each
—3 units of -70 freezer: 35,000 vials each
—5 units of 2-8 degrees freezer: 8,200 vials each