BACOLOD

Gasataya willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19

BACOLOD City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya. (Photo by Merlinda A. Pedrosa)

BACOLOD City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya is willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 once the vaccines will be available for them.

Gasataya on Monday, March 8, 2021, said on the part of the Congress, he was informed by the leadership that they are now negotiating to purchase vaccines for employees of the House of Representatives.

“But as to details, the kind of vaccine, they will have to coordinate as well with the national government. Personally, I’m willing to be vaccinated for everyone’s protection, but as to when, it will depend on the schedule to be given by the committee in-charge of this since there’s a schedule or a priority list for the conduct of vaccination like to prioritize first the medical frontliners and healthcare workers,” he said.

He added he will wait for the announcement from the Congress for their schedule of vaccination against Covid-19.

Gasataya said it is the intention of the House of Representatives to protect its employees with the present situation.

A total of 6,300 doses of Sinovac vaccines intended for medical frontliners from Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) and Riverside Medical Center arrived in Bacolod City on Friday. The two hospitals were identified as Level-3 Covid-19 facilities and the medical frontliners are the priority of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The ceremonial vaccination was also held at the Bacolod Government Center lobby, where five medical doctors and a nurse received their first dose of Sinovac vaccine.

Some city officials were also interested to be vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine, however, they were not allowed due to limited supply.

Vice Mayor Familiaran along with Councilors Israel Salanga, Cindy Rojas and Ayesha Villaflor were already ready to be vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine, but they were not vaccinated on Friday since the first priority was medical frontliners.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia is also willing to be vaccinated, but he is not qualified to use the Sinovac vaccine since it is only intended for persons aged 18 to 59.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez earlier informed city officials that due to limited Covid-19 vaccines, the Sinovac vaccine will prioritize first the medical frontliners.


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