Need for speed: Precious Castelo proposes drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations

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By Billy Begas

Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo on Friday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to allow local government units (LGUs) to conduct drive-thru vaccination to speed up the inoculation against COVID-19.

Castelo pointed out that the expected deliveries of millions of vaccines “should be accompanied by a corresponding surge in vaccine rollout so we can immunize and protect as many Filipinos as possible and as fast as possible.”

She said setting up drive-thru or drive-in take-up centers will also encourage people who are hesitant to go to existing vaccinations centers due to fear of contracting the virus from other vaccines or vaccinators.

“It will also ease overcrowding and the problem of parking in these centers,” she said.

Castelo said drive-thru vaccination sites have been effective in the United States that has already inoculated 230 million of its 331 million population.

“We can do that here, in public parks like the Luneta in Manila or Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, in public buildings like the Quezon City Hall parking building, in large government properties like the National Housing Authority complex near QC City Hall and the Batasan compound,” Castelo added.

In Central Luzon, Castelo said vaccine take-up hubs could be set up at the Subic free port in Zambales, Clark special economic zone in Angeles City, and Camp John Hay in Baguio City in Northern Luzon.

Castelo also suggested that the DOH seek the help of volunteer doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in the expanded vaccination drive.