Quezon City News
Quezon City ramps up vaccination drive
Quezon City is providing free flu and pneumonia vaccines to senior essential workers whose jobs are indispensable during the pandemic brought by COVID-19.
Every elderly authorized person outside residence (APOR) from the city's 142 barangays were given free flu or pneumonia shots to serve as protection to potentially deadly diseases and resistance to SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection.
"Gusto nating bigyan ng karagdagang proteksyon ang ating mga nakatatandang frontliner kasi matuturing silang high-risk sa covid. We want to boost their immune system against covid by giving them flu and pneumonia shots," Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
For Cecilia Morales, a 73-year old Violence against Women and Children Staff of Barangay Payatas, the vaccination drive will further add protection to them as they perform their duty for their communities.
"Nagpapasalamat kami kasi nabigyan kami ng vaccine. Marami pa po kayong matutulungan na tulad kong senior citizen na," Morales said.
Our city health workers are also rigorously going around the communities to give flu shots and pneumonia vaccines to senior citizens. From January to August 2020, a total of 9,250 seniors received pneumococcal shots from the Quezon City Health Department, while 7,690 others were given flu vaccines.
"We are ramping up our vaccination efforts because we want to protect our senior citizens from the threat of COVID-19, considering that they are high-risk of contracting the virus," Mayor Belmonte added.
As we intensify our campaign to protect them from the virus, the city has also given each senior citizen two washable facemasks.
Over 300,000 elderly were also beneficiaries of the Kalingang QC, the city’s financial assistance for the vulnerable sector.
Health center staff regularly visit each indigent bedridden seniors. We provide them services such as when undergoing lab exams and dental check ups. We also give them milk and maintenance medicine.
Recently, the city commemorated the Filipino Elderly Week through webinars, and free eye screening services.
In Quezon City, seniors enjoy a 20-percent discount on basic necessities. They also have express lanes in all establishments and are entitled to free movies every Monday.
Indigent seniors were also given social pension from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Bereaved families of the deceased registered senior citizens of Quezon City are also given a 5,000 peso-death benefit welfare assistance.