CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said on Monday, March 1, that the supplier of the Novavax vaccine has delivered the transaction document for the 100,000 doses of vaccine for the city.
"Padala na sila sa transaction document. Pero ang atong i-order mga 100,000 doses lang sa. Syempre, we don't want to over-subscribe, we also don't want to under-subscribe," Moreno said.
"Basta ang ato is naa lang ta and of course we'll be observing in the next few weeks. Moabot naman tong mga bakuna gikan sa Manila," he added.
Last Saturday, February 27, Moreno signed a letter of intent to one supplier, expressing the City's intent to purchase 100,000 doses of vaccines of which two doses will be applied to each recipient.
The mayor said they will prioritize first the distribution of the city's share of the vaccines from the National Government.
Moreno said the efficacy of the rollout and the public acceptance is important in determining success of the vaccination program.
"Mao na nga kinahanglan ayohon gyud nato ang pag implement kay kasabot ta nga at this stage, naa pa gyapon ang reluctance," Moreno said, adding that the public might think that they would not need to be vaccinated once the number of positive cases in the city further drop.
While the minimum public health standards are an effective defense from the Covid-19 virus, the mayor said the public, especially the senior citizens with comorbidities, should still be vaccinated.
"Ang pagbakuna sayon ra kaayo i-criticize pero lisod kaayo buhaton. Maningkamot lang gyud ta nga ang tanang posibleng criticism, ato nang na-address this early," Moreno said.