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Five Marikina residents refuse vaccines

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Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro on Sunday said that at least five out of the nearly 2,000 prioritized recipients of COVID-19 vaccines of a hospital backed out a day before the vaccination rollout, according to a report by GMA News.

Interviewed on "Dobol B TV," Teodoro noted that the city government already prepared a list of substitutes of the scheduled recipients who will not show up during the vaccination.

“Dito sa ospital namin, to be honest and candid, meron kaming naka-schedule na babakunahan na kulang-kulang P2,000. Ito 'yung nagbigay na ng consent. Last minute, may nag-back out na lima,” he said.

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According to Teodoro, the vaccine can only last up to five hours once diluted.

Earlier, San Lazaro Hospital’s infectious disease specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante warned of COVID-19 vaccine wastage possibly due to recipients failing to show up for their vaccination schedule.

He said a vial of COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to four to five recipients.

To avoid wastage of COVID-19 vaccine supply, Solante recommended preparing some backup recipients to be on stand-by in case some scheduled receivers of the shot fail to show up.

Also, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya earlier said the biggest challenge for local governments in the COVID-19 inoculation drive is the low demand among their residents.


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