QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has disclosed that the city government would receive an initial 1.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19).
This comes after the city government has signed a tripartite agreement with the national government through the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines.
“This is part of the plan of our Task Force Vax to Normal. Now that we have secured 1.1 million doses, we will continue talking to other pharmaceutical companies to secure more vaccines for QCitizens to complement the national government’s goal. When more QCitizens are vaccinated, we can soon achieve herd immunity,” Belmonte said.
The additional allocation of AstraZeneca vaccines to be expected by the third quarter would definitely boost the city’s vaccination program and cater to more members of the priority sectors identified by the World Health Organization.
From the first order of 750,000 doses for 375,000 individuals from priority sectors, the additional doses would increase the number of beneficiaries to around 550,000 individuals.
The 37-member city council has already approved a resolution authorizing Belmonte to enter into a tripartite agreement with the National Task Force Against Covid19 and the AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines for the advance procurement of a Covid19 vaccine. DALISAY NOLASCO
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