THE CITY of Marilao in Bulacan is targeting to give anti-COVID 19 vaccines to at least 1,080 residents which are 70% of its A1 and A3 priority group, this month.

With this, the SM City Marilao is speeding up local government units’ effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 as the mall turned out to be the venue for the vaccination program, quarantine and financial aid distribution.

Over 200 individuals from the A1 and A3 priority group bracket were inoculated with the initial dose of Sinovac.

The recipients that consist of health workers, frontliners, and persons with comorbidities underwent screening and counseling before vaccination. They are also monitored and expected to return a couple of days for their second jab.

More of its town population including A2 beneficiaries or senior citizens will get vaccinated in the coming days once the next batch of vaccines arrives in Marilao.

Lubos po kami nagpapasalamat sa pamunuan ng SM sa pagpapaunlak ninyo na magamit po namin ang inyong pasilidad kagaya nito na dito kami nagvavaccine sa cinema at dun naman sa kabilang side ay pagbibigay namin ng ayuda sa mamamayan ng Marilao,” said Marilao Mayor Ricardo Silvestre.

Apart from setting out as venue for LGU’s vaccination program, SM City Marilao’s spacious hallways likewise served as site for Ibayo’s Quarantine Emergency Cash Assistance Distribution.

Eligible beneficiaries affected by the hard lockdown are scheduled by batches from April 11 to 14 to avoid crowds and violation of health and safety protocols.

The first payout was given on Sunday wherein 1,140 residents received cash assistance. Joey Amador, Barangay Chief, said that 6,219 low income beneficiaries received a minimum of P1,000 to a maximum of P4,000 financial assistance per family.

Qualified beneficiaries of the latest subsidy program were determined through projections of the MSWD and Barangay Officials.

With this partnership, SM hopes to provide convenient, safe, and accessible venue for the community to get vaccinated” shared SM Assistant Vice President for Operations Ana Datu.

Engr. Emmanuel Gatmaitan, SM City Marilao Mall Manager, also added that SM remains committed in ensuring the health and safety of the public.

Source: Journal Online