Lucena LGU off-site vaccination starts in SM City Lucena

The mayor of the city of Lucena, Roderick ‘Dondon’ Alcala, takes up the challenge of Ritchie Villasanta, head of development management at DOH, region 4A, to vaccinate 17,500 residents in one week.

During the vaccination ceremony held in SM City Lucena, Villasanta said that Alcala gladly accepted his challenge, confident in the will of his people to be protected from the threat of the Covid-19 virus.

The challenge stems from the recent delivery of the Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson that the city received for the week.

Vaccination carried out. SM City hosted the 1st off-site vaccination of Lucena City LGU. Immunization of 2,000 residents on day 1 of the 3-day vaccination program in the mall. Posed during the event were (left to right) Senior Asst. Vice-president of operations Ing. John Jason Terrenal, City Administrator Anacleto Alcala Jr., Exec. ASst. Mark Alcala, Mayor Roderick Alcala, Lucena Head of IATF Janet Gendrano, City Health Officer Dra. Jocelyn Chua and the manager of the Maricel Alquiros shopping center.

“We thank Ms. Villasanta for her efforts, which resulted in the shipment of 6,000 initial J&J vaccines, followed by 17,500 additional vaccines,” said Alcala.

He added that he was convinced that the 23,500 vaccines would be administered within a week, as he received text messages from his compatriots Lucenahin asking him when they will be inoculated.

He also expressed optimism that the city government will receive additional vaccines in the coming weeks to speed up the population’s return to normal life.

The mayor thanked the management of SM Lucena for providing the venue as a vaccination site, targeting more than 6,000 vaccinated people, mostly from around the mall, during the 3-day event in the mall.

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