SM to host vaccination drives in Visayas, Mindanao malls

Photo taken from SM City Rosario.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16)  Residents of Visayas and Mindanao may soon get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a mall, as SM plans to expand its inoculation drives by next week.

The company currently has more than 20 malls and convention centers participating as vaccination sites to help local government units, said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. Most of them are in the National Capital Region with some scattered in Luzon.

The initiative began in March but Tan said it could go on for another three months.

“We’re partnering with as [many] LGUs as possible to be the venue site for vaccination across the country from Luzon to Mindanao,” Tan told CNN Philippines’ News Night. “I just got word from [Taguig City] Mayor Lino Cayetano that they really want to roll this out maybe for another 60 to 90 days. It really depends on the availability of the vaccines.”

SM recently opened a vaccination hub at SM Aura mall located in Taguig City. Residents can schedule their vaccination by registering with their LGUs.

Tan added that aside from the vaccination sites, the group is also contributing mattresses to the Red Cross, which will be used in schools that volunteered to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

Source: CNN Phils.