A free COVID-19 vaccination drive-through is going to be built inside Nayong Pilipino, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed on April 14.
The venue – to be situated in Parañaque City – will be the national government’s first big location for inoculation.
According to Vergeire, the facility will be used to speed up the country’s vaccination program.
“Ang una pong gagamitin na malaking stadium o malaking place ay ang Nayong Pilipino,” she shared in an interview with GMA’s Unang Balita.
The mega-project was first announced by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday (April 12). The department said the plan is a collaboration with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID).
The government agency says the new facility will be a ‘game changer’ – able to accommodate 12,000 people a day for vaccination.
“This is expected to be a game-changer in the vaccination program. The facility, which will be a public-private partnership, is expected to vaccinate at least 12,000 people a day,” the DOT said.
Now that the deal has been approved by the IATF-EID, the National Task Force has been asked to communicate with the Nayong Filipino Foundation (NPF) regarding the immediate execution of the plan.
Vaccine czar and NTF Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. declared on Tuesday that aside from this facility, they plan to use other venues such as ‘coliseums’ and ‘stadiums’ for vaccinations – similar to what the US did.
“Ang balak namin is gayahin ‘yung ginawa sa US, ‘yung mga stadium at coliseum ay iko-convert natin na mega vaccination sites,” Galvez shared in an interview with ANC.
The vaccination facility is expected to be finished in 40 days.
As of April 13, almost 1.1 million Filipinos have been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.