Public health and environmental advocates called on the government to bring vaccination efforts closer to people who need them most by strengthening existing inoculation sites and utilizing community-based facilities such as churches and covered courts.
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism said no trees will be affected in the construction of the planned mega jab facility at Nayong Pilipino in Paranaque, countering the claim about 500 ipil-ipil trees will be cut to make way for the facility.
The International Container Terminal Services Foundation will fund the vaccination hub.
It said the proposed site is “a deserted, uninhabited and vacant area and not an urban forest.”
The vaccination center will inoculate up to 12,000 individuals daily.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “Big hospitals and even malls will be utilized for…mega vaccination sites. Huge parking areas will be also transformed as mega vaccination sites.”