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Zamboanga City offers free rides to ramp up vax drive

LGUs could give out free transportation for seniors and people who have disabilities and diseases to the vaccination site.

The local government of Zamboanga City rolled out free rides for senior citizens, people with disability, and those with comorbidities to and from vaccination sites.

The provision of free transportation is part of the efforts of the local government to ramp up coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination in the city.

The City Health Office has opened selected vaccination centers on Monday to cater to the A1 (medical front-liners), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (persons with comorbidities) priority groups who are eligible for Pfizer vaccines that were deployed to this city.

Two additional vaccination centers were also opened at the Western Mindanao Station University (WMSU) and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU).

The Department of Health-9 (DOH-9) received on June 15 some 5,850 vials of Pfizer vaccines which is equivalent to 35,100 doses as one vial is equivalent to six doses.

The Pfizer vaccines will be solely utilized in this city since it needs special handling to be transported to the different provinces in the region.

The Pfizer vaccines are intended for first and second doses, which means an additional 17,550 new recipients of the government’s vaccination program.

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