ANGELES City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. is appealing to Angeleños to participate in the ongoing survey and registration for the inoculation of Covid-19 vaccines in Angles City, Pampanga.
Lazatin said the data from the survey is crucial for the city government to "capture the real pulse of the people.”
The city government started a house-to-house survey in Barangays Agapito Del Rosario, Claro M. Recto and Virgen Delos Remedios on March 4.
City Chief Adviser and Tactician IC Calaguas, who spearheaded the survey in the three barangays, said most locals were either hesitant to participate in the survey, afraid to take the vaccine, or prefer a specific brand of vaccine.
“It is difficult for us to make plans for the inoculation of Covid-19 vaccines if we do not have any data,” Calaguas said.
Calaguas furthered Lazatin’s appeal to participate in the survey, saying data collected will help the city government make plans for seamless mass vaccination.
“Through the survey, we will be able to identify and prioritize those who want to receive the vaccine,” she said.
Part of the queries needed in the survey are basic information including number of persons in the household; preferred vaccine; and health conditions including allergies, comorbidities, and if the person had been afflicted with Covid-19.
The city government has earlier put up a database center where survey forms collected are inscribed by 12 encoders.
Calaguas said they have 150 surveyors for house-to-house surveys apart from the online survey they have earlier launched. She added that they plan to complete the survey in April.
The city has a total population of 411,634.
To abate Angeleños concerns about the vaccines, Lazatin will receive the vaccine first along with other city officials and health workers.
Surveyors have started visiting hospitals and medical clinics in the city since the guidelines set by the national government states that they shall be prioritized to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
It can be recalled that Lazatin has ramped up the city’s vaccination plan, as he ordered the creation of a working committee in anticipation of the procurement and arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Lazatin has tapped Calaguas to form and supervise all working committees for the mass inoculation.
The city government is also in the process of securing a P600-million loan for the procurement of the vaccines.
In January, the city received a favorable endorsement from the officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines in regard to its P600-million loan.