A total of 234 ambulant vendors, market vendors and market employees were jabbed with a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of today, January 19, from over 1,300 that have been identified by local government agencies, after Mayor Joy Belmonte announced that they would receive incentives.

A memorandum signed by Mayor Belmonte states that ambulant and market vendors, and market employees shall receive a P2000.00 incentive to compensate for lost income, if they agreed to be jabbed from January 8-31.

The QC Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD), assisted by the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) and Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (TFTTM), shall provide a masterlist of eligible persons who can prove their status as market or ambulant vendors, or market employees through previous registration with MDAD, or by presenting a vending permit, certification from their barangay or reputable vendors’ association, and proof of residency in Quezon City through any valid ID such as the QC ID, barangay ID, or voter’s ID, among others.

“We understand that most vendors cannot take a day off due to loss of income that would put food on the family table, so we decided to provide them with an incentive to encourage them to receive COVID-19 shots,” Mayor Belmonte said.

Meanwhile, the City’s law enforcement cluster led by Task Force Disiplina, the PNP Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and I-Act have conducted joint operations following the implementation of the ‘No Vaccine, No Ride’ policy set by the national government. Since Monday, a total of 570 unvaccinated commuters were brought to the vaccination site at the Quezon Memorial Circle to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated individuals who needed to acquire essential goods or services and those who have medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated were exempted.

However, other unvaccinated individuals who were hesitant to get vaccinated were sent home and asked to get a certification from a licensed physician and their respective barangay for clearance as proof that they cannot get vaccinated.

“Tuluy-tuloy ang ating operations sa mga kalsada tulad ng Commonwealth Avenue kung saan sari-sari ang mga pampublikong sasakyan na dumaraan tulad ng bus, jeep, at mga UV express dahil ipinapatupad na po natin ang ‘No Vaccine, No Ride’ policy ng Department of Transportation. Nakikiusap po kami sa ating mga pasahero na magpabakuna na po tayo,” TF Disiplina Action Officer Deck Pelembergo said.