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Waiting made convenient: Joy Belmonte opens more COVID-19 pvax sites in malls

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Four more malls in Quezon City have been designated as COVID-19 vaccination sites, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced Wednesday, May 5.

A dry run for the vaccination was recently held at SM City Sta. Mesa, Robinsons Magnolia, SM City Fairview and Robinsons Novaliches. Residents falling under priority categories went to the malls after registering through barangay-assisted bookings.

“This is part of our efforts to make it as easy as possible for our residents to get a shot and be protected against COVID-19,” Belmonte said.

Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) head Margie Santos said the partnership with malls allows the local government to speed up its inoculation drive against COVID-19. The partnership with the private sector also addresses the lack of available healthcare workers who will conduct the vaccination among residents.

“Our private partners provide us with venue and manpower. In return, we provide them vaccines and supervision in administering these. These partnerships not only help ramp-up our vaccination drive but also increases foot traffic in commercial areas that can help businesses recover amidst the pandemic,” said Santos.