May 14, 2021 – Baguio City continues to strive to improve its Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.

As of last week, the city added another vaccination center to the three existing sites to improve the vaccination coverage in preparation for the expected influx of vaccine supplies in the next months.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said SM Baguio offered a spacious location in its parking building which the city began using last May 11.

The city has three other vaccination mega centers at the University of Baguio gymnasium, the St. Louis University Main Gym and the St. Louis School Inc.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said six teams have been deployed for each site.

The mayor said they have been closely working with the Dept. of Health Cordillera under Regional Director Ruby Constantino in streamlining the procedures on vaccine deployment and administration.

He said in a meeting recently, the city and the regional office ironed out issues on the process of administering the supplies so that the city had been given some leeway in managing its allocations.

The city hopes to continually improve its utilization rate which as of May 7 is at 76.38 percent.

The mayor said the city’s vaccination process is turning out well judging from the feedback he had received from various people.

“The feedback coming from different people commending the way we are doing it here in Baguio so I congratulate our Health Services Office under Dr. Galpo and her team for a job well done,” the mayor said.

He said the process is still far from being perfect and that there are those who feel it is still wanting but there is always a room for improvement.

“Unti-unting gumaganda na.  We will continue to work on the problem areas in coordination with the concerned agencies so that we can deliver the vaccine needs of our residents as conveniently as possible,” the mayor said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo