The Food and Drug Administration is hopeful that COVID-19 vaccines will be available in the Philippines in March. Similarly, President Rodrigo Duterte is looking at sometime before the second quarter of 2021 for the vaccine to be available to Filipinos, although FDA Director General Eric Domingo notes that this will be dependent on a number of factors such as the supply, deliveries, and distribution.
But with the COVID-19 vaccine in sight, local governments have already started making preparations. Makati City has announced that their residents will be granted free vaccination, as well as Pasig City and Manila, to name a few.
The Manila Public Information Office has provided details on how to pre-register to get the free COVID-19 vaccine once it arrives, which can be done in four easy steps:
Step 1. Go to www.manilacovid19vaccine.com and click the blinking “Register or Reserve” button
Step 2. Fill up the registration form and click “Validate”
Step 3. An OTP number code will be sent to your mobile phone. Enter that OTP into the website and click “Register”
Step 4. A waiver page will appear. Click the “I Agree” button and affix your signature. That’s it! You’re done!
After registering, all you have to do is wait for an update. You can also watch the pre-registration instruction video here:
Important information is also written on the Manila COVID-19 Vaccine registration site (be sure to read those before signing up!). The letter, signed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, reminds its citizens of a couple of things. It also explains how the vaccine is administered — in two doses, four weeks apart. It emphasizes that the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. It’s just a common side effect that after you get any vaccination, the administered falls sick or feels fatigued. This is very normal as your body forms an immunity against the sickness or virus.
It also reminds citizens that every registration will be closely examined, to ensure a safe vaccination for everyone. So be sure to answer your forms honestly.
Have you registered to get vaccinated already? Will you get the vaccine? Let us know what you think in the comments!