SM hits 5M jabs, opens more vax sites for minors

SM Supermalls

Posted at Nov 09 2021 09:51 AM

In its pursuit to help the Philippines improve the current health situation, this shopping mall chain has been active in lending a hand in the administration of vaccines. 

Now, SM Supermalls is celebrating a back-to-back milestone as it surpassed the five-millionth mark of jabs and the opening of more malls as pediatric vaccination sites outside Metro Manila.
 

More Pediatric Vaccination Centers are now open to cater to Filipino children aged 12 to 17. Photo source: SM
More Pediatric Vaccination Centers are now open to cater to Filipino children aged 12 to 17. Photo source: SM

''Breaching the five-millionth mark is a testament to our commitment to providing our communities with accessible and convenient vaccination sites. We thank our partner LGUs for this partnership and we are happy to provide our malls as pediatric vaccination centers for minors belonging to the 12 to 17 age group,'' said Steven Tan, President of SM Supermalls.
 

To make vaccination fun for children, the mall has prepared life-sized statues of recognizable fictional characters. Photo source: SM
To make vaccination fun for children, the mall has prepared life-sized statues of recognizable fictional characters. Photo source: SM

During the opening ceremony of Parañaque City LGU's 'Bida Rin ang Bata' vaccination center in SM City Sucat, a total of 588 minors were given their first dose of vaccines. 

To date, SM Supermalls has vaccinated over 6,000 pediatric constituents in 15 pediatric mall vaccination sites.
 

Parañaque City's Pediatric Vaccination Center at SM Sucat was opened on November 3, 2021. Photo source: SM
Parañaque City's Pediatric Vaccination Center at SM Sucat was opened on November 3, 2021. Photo source: SM

Present during the launch were Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine czar; Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan and Assistant Regional Director Aleli Sudiacial, Department of Health; Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez; Parañaque 1st District Rep. Eric Olivarez; IATF Assistant Regional Director Paz Corrales; Dra. Evangeline Labines, CESO V, School Division Superintendent; and Dra. Olga Virtusio, Head of Parañaque City Health Office.

Mayor Olivarez shared that they target to inoculate 70% of their pediatric constituents by November 2021. ''To win the war against the virus, we will be working hand-in-hand with our partners, including SM Supermalls, in getting to an infection-free Parañaque,'' he furthered.

The phased approach to vaccinating the A3 category began on October 15, prioritizing minors with comorbidities. The Department of Health (DOH) emphasized that the rollout of inoculation among children and minors was needed to help the country achieve herd immunity.

Vaccination for adults continues alongside the inoculation of children in Pediatric Vaccination Centers. Photo source: SM
Vaccination for adults continues alongside the inoculation of children in Pediatric Vaccination Centers. Photo source: SM

''We heal as one,'' said Dr. Aleli Sudiacal, Assistant Regional Director DOH-Metro Manila Center for Health Development. ''With the intensive rollout of the pediatric immunization in the country, we shall continue working together with the private sector and LGUs since we are now in the post-recovery stage.''

SM Supermalls is the venue partner of DOH as the roll out of the second phase of the A3 immunization started at SM Megamall last October 21 and at SM Sucat on November 3. Several other malls are expected to become Pediatric Vaccination Centers in the coming weeks.

With its long-standing commitment to protecting the health and safety of the public, the company continues to provide not just a #SafeMalling experience to shoppers, but also a convenient and accessible venue where their communities can get vaccinated.

For more information and up-to-date news on vaccination schedules at the SM malls in your LGU, visit its website or follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.

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