MVS lays the plan for the City's Vaccine Procurement
From the Desk
The past days saw the rise of LGUs racing against time in the procurement of vaccines as the National Government buries itself in finding remedies to secure allocations for the greater populace. Pasig is indeed fortunate to have the necessary funds to buy its own and for the record, has the capacity to identify the priorities, something which some people or institutions failed to recognize. As of the moment a handful of LGUs with the likes of the cities of Manila, Makati and Quezon City inked deals from different companies to ensure vaccine supplies. Pasig is one of them however, unlike the others, the Pasig LGU is yet to release their chosen brand or provider.
During the City Flag Raising Ceremony this morning, Pasig's Mayor, Vico Sotto handed down the local government's place on the procurement of vaccines and who gets it first. The Mayor in his message to government workers expressed his utmost trust and confidence to the wisdom of health experts as vaccines effectively minimized the spread and even the extinction of major diseases in history such as smallpox, polio and others. He likewise reminded that experts and scientists has the final say on the efficacy of vaccines such as the ones that can fight the Covid19. With that being said, he urged the public to listen and trust health experts as they find newer ways to fight the virus.
On the City's relationship with National Agencies, the Mayor said that Pasig will closely work with the Department of Health and the National Task Force Against Covid19 and would fully support its steps towards the execution of the National Immunization Program. Furthermore, the local government coordinates closely with the DOH regarding the Vaccination Deployment System. To date, the city already prepares for the roll out of vaccines as trainings for vaccinators are in placed. Materials and others requirements are now slowly being procured by the government. The vaccine according to the Mayor would come from the National Government and if necessary, funds for augmentation of supplies will come from the city's coffers. With regards to the Brand and Timeline of the roll out, the Mayor sought for the people's patience and understanding as it would depend on the approval of the FDA and the guidelines set forth by the DOH.
The Mayor stated that the priority of the city for the Phase 1 of the Vaccine roll out would be for the Medical Frontliners and then for Phase 2, the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities. As the 2 Phases are being enforced, health workers from the city is simultaneously validating the possible beneficiaries of the vaccine in the 30 Barangays in the City. He reminded that for the city of Pasig, vaccines are 100% FREE and urged the public to continue their support in the endeavors of both the national and local governments as we fight as one against the Covid19 Virus and support as one the Vaccination Program of the country.