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Two cities in Mindanao have inked agreements for the supply of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with UK-based AstraZeneca.

Zamboanga City and Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental will get 400,000 and 120,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, respectively.

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said on Monday that the city has allocated P200 million for Covid-19 vaccines, of which half would be for AstraZeneca.

Zamboanga City was among the first local government units in the Philippines to allocate its own funds to purchase Covid-19 vaccines. Its vaccination program against Covid-19 targets 694,696 people, roughly 70 percent of its projected 2021 population of 992,423.

Mayor Lemuel Meyrick Acosta, of Oroquieta City announced on Sunday the city has allocated initially P30 million for Covid-19 vaccines.

“I’m not allowed to state the price and other information but it is a multilateral agreements with manufacturers and the national government,” Acosta said.

“The vaccines will be offered free of charge to all qualified residents in the city,” he said.

Based on 2015 census, Oroquieta’s population is estimated at 70,757.

Acosta said the 120,000 doses would be enough to vaccinate 60,000 city residents aged 18 years old and older, but priority groups would be immunized first. SOVEREIGNPH

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