Araneta City, JAAF open New Frontier Theater as additional COVID vaccination site
The New Frontier Theater in Araneta City will serve as a new COVID-19 vaccination site for Quezon City residents from June 21 to 23, 2021.
The Araneta Group, through the arrangements of J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), has extended more help to the city government's inoculation program by offering for free the historic theater as an additional vaccination center.
“The support being extended by the private sector, particularly the Araneta Group and the JAAF, provides a much-needed boost to our vaccination program. We are able to surpass our daily targets because everyone is aligned with our whole-of-city approach. Once a steady supply of vaccines is assured, we are confident that we can inoculate more because the bayanihan spirit is well, alive and kicking in QC,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
According to JAAF Executive Director Diane Romero, this will further fastrack the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines among Quezon City residents.
Located across the Gateway Tower, the New Frontier Theater can hold up to 1000 to 1,500 vaccinations per day. Medical volunteers from the Quezon City Government and Health Department are fielded to properly manage the vaccination process.
Araneta City also assigned security personnel, ushers, and medical volunteers to ensure the fast and smooth vaccination implementation. An adequate ventilation system is in place, and stringent health measures are in effect within the theater premises.
Apart from the free jab, vaccinees will also get other treats in Araneta City. They simply have to show their vaccination card at the Gateway Mall concierge to claim freebies which include face masks and other essentials. Other stores in Araneta City also offer promos and discounts to vaccinees.
The 3-day vaccination at the New Frontier Theater supplements Quezon City's ongoing COVID inoculation in Araneta City. The distribution of vaccines at the Smart Araneta Coliseum continues from June 21 to 26, and from August 7 to 15.
Through JAAF, the Araneta Group also partnered with the city government in giving free RT-PCR tests for the general public, and with the Philippine Red Cross for the free use of the Araneta City BusPort as a drive-thru saliva test site.
Since the pandemic hit the country last year, the Araneta Group has put in place safety protocols to keep its businesses safe for its employees and customers with its slogan “Safety First at the City of Firsts”.