Joy Belmonte thanks Aranetas as COVID-19 vaccination at the ‘Big Dome’ starts


Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has expressed gratitude to the Araneta family for allowing the Smart Araneta Coliseum, also known as the Big Dome, to become a COVID-19 vaccination site.

The city government started vaccination at the coliseum on Saturday, May 15. The facility can accommodate at least 1,000 persons up to 5,000.

“The QC LGU is grateful to the Araneta Group for offering the Big Dome to this program for free. It is a suitable site for a massive and critical government health drive since it offers adequate space and accessibility to both our healthcare workers and the public,” Belmonte said.

The mayor said the local government will install proper filters and fan systems inside the coliseum to improve ventilation and minimize the risk of persons catching COVID-19.

Since the fourth quarter of 2020, the Araneta City has become one of Quezon City’s venues for free RT-PCR testing.

The Araneta Group has also allowed the free use of the Araneta City BusPort as an accessible site for the drive-thru COVID-19 RT-PCR saliva testing of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). The site, which opened in February 2021, offers a painless and less invasive method of collecting samples, and reduces person-to-person contact in COVID-19 testing.