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Iloilo City goes for safe, free, effective Covid-19 vaccines

Photo by Iloilo City Government

ILONGGOS are encouraged to have themselves vaccinated to boost their protection against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) when the vaccination start in July.

Mayor Jerry Treñas hopes the vaccines will pave the way for people to return to normal life and bring back economic activities.

"We are readying vaccines that are free, safe and effective. The only way we get protected is through vaccines and stop the spread of virus through vaccination. We are meeting every sector to address every concern," Treñas said.

"It's been a year that we are struggling and fighting against the virus. Unless we get our acts together for a seamless vaccination process, then we will be moving forward toward healing and recovery," he added.

Another simulation exercise will be conducted on March 3 as dry-run for smooth-sailing vaccination procedure, from transporting vaccines from storage facility to administration to those who want to get vaccinated.

The mayor asked support from media and influencers, including radio and FM stations, as well as bloggers and vloggers, for massive information and education campaign.

He also met with academe, business, medical, religious and transport sectors to discuss how to roll out vaccination plan to various groups.

Treñas said he will be the one to first to undergo vaccine shot.

The City Government already sealed an agreement with AstraZeneca for the purchase of the United Kingdom-made vaccines.

Some 600,000 doses will be good for 300,000 residents of legal age.

The target 70 percent population is set to achieve herd immunity to prevent transmission of Covid-19.

Aside from AstraZeneca, City Hall is also eyeing additional supplies from US-made Pfizer, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson's vaccine arm Janssen.

These will cover those non-residents working in the metropolis. (PR)


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