WITH several vaccines showing enormous potential against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has created a task force to ensure the expeditious and orderly acquisition and distribution of the vaccine.
She issued an order establishing the Task Force “Vax to Normal:” The Quezon City COVID-19 Vaccine Plan composed of city heads of various offices and representatives from the private stakeholders as members.
“Ngayong marami ng mga posibleng bakuna ang nagpakita ng potensiyal laban sa virus, dapat na nating paghandaan ang mga hakbang para sa agarang pagbili at distribusyon nito kapag naaprubahan na,” she said.
The Department of Health earlier announced that COVID-19 manufacturers Janssen, AstraZeneca and Clover Biopharmaceuticals passed the country’s ethics review board.
The task force is mandated to profile and mandate members of priority sectors for inoculation. Based on national guidelines, those who will be prioritized are health workers, senior citizens, indigent and vulnerable sectors, frontliners, essential workers, soldiers, policemen, uniformed personnel and business essential workers.
Belmonte said the city is now reviewing and finalizing the database of those in the priority list.
The task force is also tasked to select and acquire the vaccine or vaccines authorized for use in the Philippines in coordination with the national government, based on effectiveness and practical considerations such as the vaccine’s storage, handling, equipment and training requirements.
It is authorized to secure direct supplies from the national government and will study the possibility of direct procurement under applicable laws, subject to the guidelines and approval of the national government. It may also enter into tripartite agreements among the supplier, the private sector and the City, if allowed by the national government.