ILOILO City Government is readying its vaccines provision to boost people's protection from coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
City Hall is putting in place vaccination plan, from purchase and storage of supply, to procedures on how to administer to recipients particularly the residents.
"For a year already, the pandemic has adversely affected people's lives in particular and the economy in general. The vaccines are signs of hope that we are getting closer to return to normal," Mayor Jerry Treñas said.
"We want to ensure that our vaccination process will be effective and efficient. We already called on barangay representatives and district doctors for inputs for smooth conduct of the same," he added.
Mass immunization is expected to start at the second half of the year.
The mayor clarified that there is no forced shot to those who choose not to get the dose.
Treñas already signed with AstraZeneca for the procurement of 600,000 doses good for 300,000 residents of legal age.
The City Government allotted P200-million fund for such purpose.
Treñas also expressed gratitude to donors for helping and supporting the initiatives in the war against the virus.
"We are very thankful that a businessman has deposited P500,000 for us to buy additional vaccines. We target to add 200,000 doses for non-residents working in the city," Treñas said.
City Hall will also procure freezers for storage requirement of other vaccine brands if separate agreements push through. (PR)