THE local government in San Luis town, Pampanga came up with another program to further urge residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayor Jayson Sagum of this town on Tuesday, June 22, 201, announced that incentives await barangays that are able to encourage at least 70 percent of its residents to be inoculated before the year ends.
He said a brand new ambulance and P1 million worth of projects may be received by the 17 barangays which will be able to achieve the target.
The local government is allocating some P45.9 million -- P28.9 million for the ambulances and P17 million for the projects -- from local funds for the said program.
"Vaccination is one, if not the best, weapon against Covid-19 that is why we are trying to vaccinate at least 70 percent of our total population as quickly as possible to finally attain herd immunity," Sagum said.
Through the said program, barangay officials are tasked to boost their information dissemination on Covid-19 vaccine to better educate and encourage residents to receive one.
For its part, the local government, through the support of the Department of Health (DOH) and provincial government of Pampanga, will be boosting its vaccination rollout, Sagum said.
He said the municipality is expecting more vaccines to be downloaded by DOH in the coming days, especially since the vaccination of the A4 priority group is about to kick off.
"Unity and cooperation are the keys to ensure the fast roll-out of vaccines. We are enjoining residents, fellow barangay and local government officials and employees to be one in our goal of attaining herd immunity by the end of 2021," the mayor said.