Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

Local government units (LGUs) will be advised to purchase vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 good enough to cover 50 percent of their population, with the national government supplying the rest.

This was disclosed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing 3rd during Friday’s Senate inquiry on the government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan.

He said the 50-percent cap on procurement of vaccines will allow LGUs to “reallocate sources for other anti-Covid activities rather than limiting itself for the vaccines.”

“The 50-percent cap is also again with the assumption that it’s supposed to be the national government who is supposed to procure on behalf of all local governments,” he said during the Senate hearing when queried by Senator Panfilo Lacson about the 50-percent cap.

While the government has allocated P82.5 billion to procure Covid-19 vaccines, there is an increasing number of LGUs allocating their own funds to do the same. Some LGUs like Makati and Quezon City have allocated has much as P1 billion for the purpose.

The government aims to vaccinate up to 70 percent of the country’s population to achieve “herd immunity” against Covid-19. SOVEREIGNPH

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