Zamboanga City prepares for
mass COVID-19 vaccination
The Zamboanga City Government continues its commitment in prioritizing the health of residents by preparing for the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Recently, Mayor Beng Climaco signed the Multilateral Agreement with AstraZeneca for the purchase of 410,000 doses of vaccines intended for 205,000 residents of Zamboanga City in the amount of 2.050 million USD, equivalent to P100 million pesos, as part of the City’s vaccination program against Covid19.
Moreover, the remaining P100M from the total P200M allocated for the purchase of anti-COVID-19 vaccines will be used for other vaccine brands. The city’s vaccination program will cover 694,696 or 70% of the projected 2021 population of 992,423 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, some residents express initial apprehension to be vaccinated primarily due to doubts on side effects. Jayson Aucensillo, a frontliner and resident of Zamboanga City expressed said “of course there is fear, but I believe the government has good intention in helping the public and by doing this we may help the community and finally stop the spread of the virus,” he said.
However, the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) then clarified that the individual has the option to get the vaccine or not.
The City Government through the Task Force Covid, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the business sector are also exploring the possibility for local companies to procure vaccines for their employees. According to the memo from the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to Mayor Climaco, the national government can also facilitate the tripartite agreement between local companies, the national government, and the vaccine company.
Furthermore, Mayor Climaco signed the agreement based on the authorization of the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved last week where she was appointed as a member of the Committee on Vaccine Availment created by the LCP recently. The Committee is tasked to coordinate with the IATF-EID, Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Budget and Management, and other concerned agencies with the view of determining and recommending the most appropriate courses of action to facilitate the availment of COVID-19 vaccines for cities. (NBE / MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)