Photo taken from the Manila PIO Facebook page.

The Manila Public Information Office (PIO) clarified that the huge number of people that swarmed the city’s vaccination sites early Thursday were made up of mostly non-residents of the National Capital Region. 

The Manila Police District said that the crowd came from Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal.

“They came in many groups, they came in many vans,” the Manila PIO quoted one of the MPD investigators.

People trooped the vaccination sites after rumors spread in social media that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to go out when the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) takes effect from August 6 to 20.

According to the reports of police officials, volunteers, and mall personnel, the line was controllable up until 2 a.m. and most of them didn’t know what a QR code is. 

Qualified individuals must register first and secure a QR code to receive a Covid-19 vaccine dose, the Manila PIO said. 

The crowd at SM San Lazaro vaccination site grew to more than 10,000; SM Manila with over 5,000; Lucky Chinatown with over 3,000; and Robinsons Manila with over 4,000.

According to the Manila PIO, the usual number of people flocking the vaccination sites was around 1,000 to 2,000 only.

Due to the surge, the local city government decided to stop the vaccination at SM San Lazaro to make sure that everyone is safe.

Las Pinas and Antipolo also reported a high volume of people waiting at Covid-19 vaccination sites. Ronald Espartinez