Lucena LGU’s offsite vaccination kicks off at SM City Lucena

Lucena City Mayor Roderick ‘Dondon’ Alcala takes on the challenge from DOH Region 4A’s  Development Management Officer Ritchie Villasanta of inoculating 17,500 residents in a week’s time. 

Ronaldo Jaca (seated) receives Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administered by Charmaine Palma from DOH Region-4A during the vaccination activity at SM City Lucena on Saturday. This offsite vaccination rollout aims to vaccinate 23,500 residents of the city of the said vaccine. Present at the ceremonial vaccination were (Left to right) City Administrator Anacleto Alcala Jr., Mayor Roderick Alcala, City Health Officer Dra. Jocelyn Benitez-Chua, Exec. Asst. Mark Alcala, Councilor Baste Brizuela and Region 4A Dev’t Management Officer Richie Villasanta.

In the ceremonial vaccination event held at SM City Lucena, Villasanta said Alcala gladly took on her challenge, confident in his people’s willingness to be protected from the threat of Covid-19 virus. 

The challenge stemmed from the recent shipment of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine the city received for the week. 

Vaccination Done. SM City hosted the 1st offsite vaccination of Lucena City LGU. Inoculating 2,000 residents on the 1st day of the 3-day vaccination program in the mall. Posed during the event were (left to right) Senior Asst. Vice-President for Operations Engr. John Jason Terrenal, City Administrator Anacleto Alcala Jr., Exec. Asst. Mark Alcala, Mayor Roderick Alcala, Lucena IATF Head Janet Gendrano, City Health Officer Dra. Jocelyn Chua and Mall Manager Maricel Alquiros.

“We thank Ma’am Villasanta for her effort, resulting to the shipment of 6,000 initial J & J vaccines, followed by 17,500 additional vaccines,” Alcala said.

He added he’s confident that the 23,500 vaccines would be given off in a week because he receives text messages from his fellow Lucenahins asking when they will be inoculated.

He also expressed optimism the city government will be given additional vaccines in the coming weeks to speed up the people’s going back to normal life.

The mayor thanked SM Lucena management for providing the venue as a vaccination site, targeting more than 6,000 vaccinees, mostly coming from the mall vicinity,  in the 3-day event in the mall.

Source: Business Mirror