MANILA (UPDATE) - Metro Manila residents getting their COVID-19 vaccines during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on August 6-20 will be allowed to leave their homes, the Department of Health said Monday.
Those who want to be vaccinated will be allowed to go to inoculation sites even in areas under the strictest lockdown classification, Health spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press conference.
"There will be safe vaccination sites. Maluwag ang lugar, may adequate ventilation, at ipapatupad ang safety protocols like physical distancing," she said.
"Scheduling will be done para hindi dadagsa ang mga kababayan natin... Hindi na ho tayo mag-a-allow ng walk-in. Lahat po scheduled na," she said.
Vaccine recipients will be included among authorized persons outside their residence (APOR), Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a separate interview.
"Hihingin lamang ang vaccination card o kaya text o notice mula sa LGU (local government unit) na sila ay naka-schedule for bakuna at sila ay papayagang makalabas ng kanilang mga bahay," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.
(They need to present their vaccination card or the text message or notice from the LGU that they are scheduled for vaccination so they can be allowed to leave their homes.)
Cargo delivery vehicles are free to enter and leave the capital region, Malaya said. Other vehicles will be subject to checkpoints, he added.
"‘Yung papasok ng NCR Plus at lalabas ng NCR Plus, pareho po yan iche-checkpoint," he said.(Those that will enter and leave NCR Plus will be subjected to checkpoints.)
The Philippines has been prioritizing the vaccination of medical workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, essential workers, and indigent people due to the lack of vaccine supply.
"Kapag dumating na ang supply, we will be expanding these sectors na babakunahan natin to reach immunity in these epicenters," Vergeire said when asked if the national government could provide some 4 million vaccines to Metro Manila.
(When the supply arrives, we will be expanding these sectors being vaccinated so that we can reach immunity in these epicenters.)
As of August 1, the Philippines has fully inoculated 9.1 million individuals. Some 11.7 million first doses have also been administered.
The country needs to vaccinate up to 70 million people to attain herd immunity against the disease.