Quezon City to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines to 5,500 BPO Workers
The Quezon City (QC) government announced on Monday, August 2, that they will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to business process outsourcing (BPO) employees in the city.
At least 5,500 employees will be receiving their first dose of the vaccine after securing partnerships with private BPO companies in Quezon City.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte stated, “We have signed an agreement with the companies to facilitate the vaccination of their employees. We are happy to start the [vaccination] given the fresh supply of vaccines we received from the national government.”
In May 2021, QC signed agreements with three groups, namely, the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP), and the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).
Under the agreement, the groups will provide medical teams to administer COVD-19 vaccines to BPO employees. QC will be providing the medical teams with COVID-19 vaccinations.
The medical teams will also help vaccinate other priority individuals who registered through the QC vaccination website, QC Vax Easy.
The first round of vaccinations was on July 21 at SM City North EDSA Skydome and will continue on August 3.
A total of 5,500 BPO employees and 3,000 residents will receive the COVID-19 vaccine on August 3. Belmonte noted that QC is aiming to vaccinate at least 67,000 employees in the BPO industry.
Business Permits and Licensing Department Head Margie Santos shared, “We recognize the invaluable contribution of our workers from the BPO sector to boost our economy. They are among the essential frontliners in the city. There’s no reason to delay this service to them.”
At present, Quezon City has vaccinated approximately 1.48 million individuals as of August 3.
Among them, 900,000 residents have received their first dosage, while 500,000 completed their second dose of COVID-19 vaccines.