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‘Bakuna Nights’: Quezon City rolls out nighttime vaccination program for A4 workers

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Jun 17, 2021 6:45 pm

The Quezon City government recently launched its vaccination service that aims to inoculate individuals in the A4 priority group who cannot take off from work or don’t have time to visit vaccination sites during the day because of their work schedule.

The vaccination program aptly called “Bakuna Nights” is on its initial run, which started Wednesday, June 16, until Saturday, June 19, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

With the program, the city aims to expand its vaccination reach to workers in the A4 priority group (frontline personnel in essential sectors) whose free time is only in the evening.

Quezon City residents review their registration forms as they await their turn to be vaccinated at the city's 'Bakuna Nights' program. Photo by Miguel de Guzman/The Philippine STAR

“Para ito sa mga manggagawa natin na hindi naman makaliban sa kanilang trabaho para makapagpabakuna sa karaniwang oras na 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. lalo na ‘yung mga arawan ang sahod,” said Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte in a statement.

“Ngayon, hindi na nila kailangang mamili kung arawang kita ba muna o Bakuna. We will inoculate them at the most convenient time to them,” Belmonte added.

With the city's nighttime vaccination service, those who are working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. no longer need to choose between their daily wage or getting vaccinated. The Bakuna Nights program—in its initial phase until June 19—is from 6 to 10 p.m. Photo by Miguel de Guzman/The Philippine STAR

Being Metro Manila’s most populous city, Quezon City ramps up its vaccination drive with over 35 vaccination sites. 

Recently, the city also implemented its first drive-thru vaccine site at SM Fairview.

Residents of Quezon City use the online eZConsult system for pre-registration, and a barangay-assisted booking scheme for those without access to the internet.

The Philippines is currently vaccinating its priority groups—A1 (frontline healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (adults with comorbidities) and A4 (workers  in essential sectors)—with focus on the NCR Plus 8 which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Pampanga, Batangas, Cebu and Davao.