THE Zamboanga City Government is purchasing some P100 million worth of vaccines as part of its vaccination program amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar signed Monday, January 11, a multilateral agreement with AstraZeneca for the purchase of 410,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines intended for 205,000 residents.
Salazar signed the multilateral agreement based on authority granted to her by the City Council through a resolution that was unanimously approved in a special session last week.
Salazar earlier announced that the City Government has allocated P200 million to purchase vaccines against Covid-19. The amount is included in the 2021 budget of the city.
She said the City Government will use the remaining P100 million allocation for other vaccine brands.
The mayor is set to have upcoming meetings with other companies, such as Johnson and Johnson medical firm.
She said the City Government's vaccination program will cover 694,696 individuals, which is 70 percent of its projected 2021 population of 992,423 inhabitants.
The City Government has yet to determine the mechanism on how to distribute the vaccine but Salazar said that priority will be given to frontliners, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and the poor. (SunStar Zamboanga)