The humble city of Borongan in Eastern Samar is eyeing vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca and has set aside funds amounting to P35 million for that.
Borongan City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda said that based on his estimate, the P35 million would be enough to vaccinate about 56,000 city resident, or 73 percent of those 18 years old and above. The Covid-19 vaccination will be administered for free.
“This is free but we will not force anyone for the inoculation but we shall encourage and no one shall be left behind,” he said.
“We can increase procurement for ages 17 below, when the vaccine is already available in the market,” Agda added.
Borongan prefers the Covid-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca because “it can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated temps of 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius (36 degrees to 46 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least six months and can be administered in existing healthcare settings,” Agda said.
Borongan is the third city outside of Metro Manila to set side funds to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, along with Angeles in Pampanga and Zamboanga City. Iloilo City also unveiled plans to purchase its own Covid-19 vaccines but has not made any official pronouncement on how much it is allocating.
In Metro Manila, at least eight cities have set aside funds to purchase their own Covid-19 vaccines. SOVEREIGNPH