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University Houses Vax Site

Athena Christy L. Soledad

The Iloilo City COVID-19 vaccination drive came knocking on the doorsteps of the University of San Agustin, to which the university willingly opened the doors of the USA Gymnasium to be used as a vaccination site for both residents and non-residents of Iloilo on June 17, 2021.

Both the USA Gym and the covered court were used as the main vaccination sites, wherein a one-way foot traffic is used to regulate the entrance and exit of visitors.

“On behalf of the people of Iloilo City, I would like to thank Father President, faculty and staff, and the University of San Agustin community for allowing us to use the university gym as a vaccination site. Salamat guid sang madamu! Bato Iloilo,” said Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a Facebook post.

The University’s vaccination site primarily served the faculty members, students, and their families, although their doors are also open for the elderly and people with disabilities who have difficulty accessing major vaccination centers.

“I really love USA [as a vaccination site] because it was well-ventilated, tools and equipment were well-provided, so we were very comfortable at the venue. Our vaccination process was very organized, and we were able to finish everything after 30 minutes,” said Jester Jay Kiunisala, a USA faculty member who had his first dose at the University’s Gym.

Starting November 2, 2021, the university opened its gates to minors who want to get vaccinated, offering Pfizer for the 1st dose roll-out, still taking place in the covered court and gym.

Published: April 25, 2022