In a bid to bring vaccination closer to the people, the Quezon City government will roll-out its QC Protektodo program at the purok and street levels.

On Saturday, February 26, the QC Task Force Vax to Normal will temporarily close down all regular vaccination sites to conduct area-based inoculation, where at least 100 pop-up vaccination sites will be set up in different areas in barangays.

A total of 130 teams composed of doctors, nurses, other allied healthcare workers, and barangay workers and volunteers will go down to puroks and inoculate those who have not yet received their first dose, second dose, or booster.

According to Mayor Joy Belmonte, this strategy will help the city government sift through local communities and identify those that still have not been jabbed.

“Our target is to vaccinate 100% of the adult and pediatric population and through this area-based approach, we can provide easy access to vaccination for our citizens in the grassroots,” Mayor Belmonte said.

To ensure the success of the rollout, the help of barangay officials, purok leaders and community organizations will be tapped to encourage unvaccinated or semi-vaccinated individuals to get their doses.

Vaccine brands that are less sensitive to temperature, such as Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Janssen will be used. Meanwhile, all children who wish to get jabbed will be scheduled for vaccination in pedia vaccination sites or referred to the city’s 66 health centers that will remain open to accommodate interested vaccinees.

Likewise, bedridden seniors or persons with comorbidities will be inoculated at home by members of the medical team assigned to the area, or will be referred to health centers for a home vaccination schedule.

“We are encouraging everyone to get inoculated when the pop-up vaccination sites are set up in their respective streets or purok”, as well as in multipurpose halls, community parks and plazas nearest their place of residence,” QC Task Force Vax to Normal Action Officer Dr. Maria Lourdes Eleria said.

Moving forward, the city government is also coordinating with bus companies and the management of the LRT for possible vaccination sites in transport stations and terminals.