MANILA (AdChoiceTV News) — The Office of the Vice President and the city government of Manila have partnered with the private sector to inoculate tricycle and pedicab drivers and delivery riders in a drive-thru vaccination initiative.
On Tuesday the OVP rolled out its two-day Vaccine Express program in Manila, in line with the ongoing vaccine drive for essential workers under the A4 priority group.
Vice President Leni Robredo and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno graced the launching of the drive-thru vaccination site at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The program aims to inoculate 5,000 drivers and riders until Wednesday. Robredo said over 900 drivers got their shots as of Tuesday noon.
“Yung mga kausap namin kaninang mga Grab driver, nagpapasalamat sila kasi hindi istorbo sa kanilang trabaho. After silang maturukan, bumiyahe na ulit sila,” Robredo said in her Facebook Live video.
[Translation: We talked to some Grab drivers and they thanked us because the vaccination was not a hindrance to their job. After they got inoculated, they returned to work.]
Moreno and Robredo said the city’s vendors will be next in line.
The Vaccine Express program was organized with the help of CCP, UBE Express, Smart Communications, Seaoil Philippines and Shell Philippines. The oil firms also provided gas cards worth ₱500 to drivers who got inoculated.
Aside from volunteer doctors and nurses who joined the OVP’s free teleconsultation services, some members of the Philippine Army and Philippine Coast Guard were also in the area to assist the vaccinees.
Interested doctors and nurses who want to volunteer for the Vaccine Express program may sign up here.
/ITC — AdChoiceTV News (Manila)