Government Approves Walk-In Vaccination, Simplifies Process

Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD · Pediatrics

Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated 5 days ago

    Government Approves Walk-In Vaccination, Simplifies Process

    As of this writing, more than 70 million Filipinos have already been fully vaccinated. If you have yet to receive your first dose, look into the following updates about vaccine registration.

    Walk-Ins Are Now Allowed

    When you’re ready to get your vaccine, check in with your municipality first. There’s a great possibility that they are already accepting walk-in vaccinees. After all, government officials say they are simplifying the process of inoculation by eliminating the appointment system.

    However, since walk-in vaccination might depend on the healthcare workforce, consider going through your municipality’s website or social media accounts. They might likewise instruct you to fill up forms online to speed up the process once you reach the site.

    More Municipalities Have Opened Their Vaccination Drives To Non-Residents

    If you want, you can also consider getting your COVID shot at other municipalities.

    For instance, Metro Manila cities have their “Vax as One ” Project where they allow non-residents to get vaccinated in their area. Mandaluyong, Pateros, San Juan, and Marikina, for example, have already welcomed non-residents.

    Makati also opened its doors to non-Makati residents. You can register here.

    The Red Cross of the Philippines also welcomes Filipinos who want to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. There’s also a mega vaccination site in Paranaque. However, both still need online vaccine registration.

    Of course, if you happen to be in a mall, consider checking if they have an ongoing vaccination drive. They might be accepting walk-in vaccinees.

    Bring A Valid ID

    For your on-site vaccine registration, bring a valid ID. You no longer need to bring medical clearance unless you:

    • Have HIV, cancer, or autoimmune diseases (Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus, etc.)
    • Are bedridden
    • Are getting steroids for treatment or have undergone an organ transplant surgery

    Even those with comorbidities, like asthma, no longer need to bring a medical certificate. In fact, even the process of checking the blood pressure is eliminated unless the patient has actual symptoms of or a history of uncontrolled hypertension.

    In case you have an underlying health condition and are worried about getting the COVID-19 shot, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor before vaccine registration. There are also doctors on-site, so it will be helpful to bring any relevant documents, such as prescriptions, lab tests, and certificates.

    Finally, if you went through online vaccine registration, bring your confirmation slip or QR code for reference.

    Where To Get Your Booster Dose?

    If 3 months have already passed since your second dose (or 2 months after the single-dose J&J), you’re already eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot.

    The only problem is that not all municipalities have the available supply for it, especially since they are still catching up on getting everyone fully vaccinated first.

    Good thing some sites provide booster shots regardless of your municipality of origin.

    Manila, for instance, has a drive-thru (4-wheel) vaccination site in Luneta. It’s operational daily from 8 am to 5 pm and runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. There’s also one at the Kartilya ng Katipunan in Lawton for 2-wheel riders. Both do not require vaccine registration.

    The mega vaccination site in Paranaque also accepts appointments for booster doses.

    Don’t forget to bring a valid ID, your primary vaccination card, and your appointment slip or QR code.

    Key Takeaways

    The government is making it easier for people to get their vaccines. As of now, walk-ins are allowed and there’s no need to bring certificates unless you have specific conditions.
    Check in with your municipality to confirm if they have an online or on-site vaccine registration. Other areas also opened their vaccination drives to non-residents. You can also take advantage of drive-thru sites.

    More on Coronavirus here.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Regina Victoria Boyles, MD


    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated 5 days ago