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Joy Belmonte thankful for Cubao diocese’s offer to use churches as COVID-19 vaccination sites

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has expressed gratitude to the Diocese of Cubao for offering its parishes as COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Belmonte said the location of the churches will be a “great help” for the local government’s vaccination program once supplies of the vaccine arrive.

“We welcome the help coming from our churches, schools, and even the private sector. They have been the city’s force multiplier even from the start of our battle against COVID-19,” she said.

The Quezon City government has partnered with the Diocese of Cubao for its Covid vaccination program, with the latter offering their parishes to be utilized as COVID-19 inoculation sites.

“We are very thankful to the Diocese of Cubao led by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco for opening their churches in support of the city’s vaccination plan. It will be a great help to the city once the vaccines arrive,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Both the Diocese of Cubao and Novaliches led by Bishop Most Rev. Fr. Roberto Gaa has offered their big parishes as vaccination sites, in addition to the 24 sites identified by the city.

According to Diocese of Cubao Vicar General Fr. Steve Zabala, church officials have initially chosen Our Lady of Pentecost Parish, Santa Maria Dela Strada Parish and Cathedral of Cubao as inoculation sites.

The vaccination will be held at the parish hall and garden and not inside the church itself.

“Based on our meeting with the QC Health, the parishes should have a good wifi connection and good ventilation to be qualified as inoculation sites,” Fr. Zabala said.