QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government is now finalizing its talks with a reputable multinational pharmaceutical company for its acquisition of an initial 750,000 doses of the coronavirus disease (Covid19) vaccines.
“We are ready to purchase. After implementing our test, isolate, and treat strategy, vaccination is our game plan now. This free vaccination program will definitely complete our efforts against this deadly virus,” she said.
The city government shall prioritize its 10,000 health workers, 300,000 senior citizens, 20,000 adult persons with disabilities, and other priority sectors as recommended by the World Health Organization.
The city has allocated an initial P1 billion in its 2021 budget to purchase vaccines and supplies needed for the inoculation.
The budget allocated may go higher depending on the cost of the vaccines, supplies and other factors, she said.
“As soon as we have rolled out this vaccination program, we will definitely prepare for the next distribution and budget,” she noted.
QC Task Force on Covid19 Head Joseph Juico assured the residents that the city government is fast tracking deals and partnerships for the Covid19 vaccines.
The Quezon City council has given Mayor Joy Belmonte the green light to purchase a vaccine to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19).
She expressed gratitude to the city councilors for the swift approval of the resolution authorizing her to enter into a tripartite agreement with the National Task Force Against Covid19 and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines for the advance purchase of a Covid19 vaccine.
The resolution was introduced by Majority Floor Leader Councilor Franz Pumaren and yesterday passed by the city council presided by Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.
The city council cited provisions of the Local Government Code which grants the city the power to promote the health and safety of QCitizens and protect them from the harmful effects of Covid19.
“With the council resolution, we will soon finalize the tripartite partnership and begin the process of prioritizing our most vulnerable citizens,” Belmonte said. DALISAY NOLASCO
Photo: FB Mayor Joy Belmonte