To help the government and the country achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, SM Supermalls, the largest shopping mall conglomerate in the country, continues to serve as vaccination centers and has administered over 2.5 million jabs of COVID-19 vaccines in various SM malls across the country, in partnership with the national and local government units.
“We will continue providing accessible vaccination venues and support the country’s vaccination drive to help achieve herd immunity. With our collaborative effort, we will be able to bounce back stronger and better in this pandemic,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan who added that SM has set up vaccination sites in 69 of its malls from North Luzon to Mindanao, to extend the reach of the vaccine rollout in urban and remote provinces.
Senior Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls, Bien Mateo, added, “We at SM supermalls remain committed to work with the national government and our LGUs and private sectors, and the public to overcome this crisis and put an end to COVID-19.”
In an event held at SM City San Mateo, “30M Jabs and Counting”, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announced that more than 30 million of vaccine doses have been administered, marking it as the country’s new milestone in its vaccination program efforts. According to Roque, Jr., 17,258,675 individuals have been jabbed with the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 13,130,485 individuals are now fully vaccinated.
“It’s encouraging po na sa Metro Manila we are close to 43 percent fully vaccinated. Ang population protection po ay nasa 50 percent, pero hindi naman po tayo titigil. Pararamihin pa rin po natin yung mga nababakunahan sa Metro Manila at gaya nung sinabi natin kanina, we will vax as one,” said Secretary Roque.
The “30M Jabs and Counting” event was also graced by National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., NTF Deputy Chief Implementer and Testing Czar Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., MMDA General Manager (GM) Undersecretary Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia, Rodriguez Rizal Mayor Dennis Hernandez, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, San Mateo, Rizal Mayor Christina Diaz, former Rizal Governor Jun-Jun Ynares, and SM Supermalls executives, President Steven Tan and SVP for Operations Bien Mateo.
Secretary Galvez Jr. also assured that they will boost their vaccine rollout efforts to reach other priority regions by supplying 4 million vaccines to NCR and an additional 2.5 million vaccine doses to reach other priority regions.
SM continues to implement #SafeMallingAtSM with strict safety protocols in all its malls nationwide to help Filipinos stay safe amid the pandemic. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com.
Source: SM Supermalls