Sat. May 8th, 2021

Quezon City has joined the list of cities in Metro Manila that have allocated their own funds to purchase vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and support the city’s vaccination drive against the virus.

Quezon City has allocated P1 billion for the purpose.

“We are ready to purchase. After implementing our test, isolate, and treat strategy, vaccination is our game plan now. This free vaccination program will definitely complete our efforts against this deadly virus,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The city government will prioritize 10,000 health workers, 300,000 senior citizens, 20,000 adult persons with disabilities, and other priority sectors as recommended by the World Health Organization.

Belmonte added the city government is now finalizing talks with a reputable multinational pharmaceutical company for the acquisition of 750,000 initial doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

“As soon as we have rolled out this vaccination program, we will definitely prepare for the next distribution and budget,” she further said.

There are now eight cities in Metro Manila that have announced allocation of funds to purchase Covid-19 vaccines. Besides Quezon City, the others are Makati (P1 billion); Taguig (P1 billion); Pasig (P300 million); Valenzuela (P150 million); Caloocan (P125 million); San Juan (P50 million); and Navotas (P20 million).

Outside of Metro Manila, Zamboanga City has allocated P200 million to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, while the Pampanga provincial government is setting aside P200 to P300 million for the same purpose. SOVEREIGNPH

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