Valencia City eyes vaccines for 63% of residents
VALENCIA CITY (27 January 2021/BukidnonNews.Net) The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Valencia has is targetting to immunize to coronavirus disease 2019 about 63 percent of its population, an official said.
Vice Mayor Policarpo Murillo IV said in a press conference at the City Hall Covered Court on January 26 that they are targeting to immunize 131,000 of its 208,211 population.
He said the city government is in the process of preparing their own vaccination plan while waiting the delivery of their procured coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.
Murillo said they have scheduled a meeting with representatives from the Department of Health on January 27 to 28 to discuss the vaccination plan.
“We will be discussing the protocols and other issues about the vaccination plan of the city,” he added.
The city government, he said, has to iron out the plan as to what age group to receive, when it will be held, who will take the lead in the vaccination, what are the criterias for the recipients, registration process, among others.
He said the plan has to be put in place even if they don’t know yet when the supplier can deliver the vaccines.
Murillo said DOH has its own advocacy group tasked to inform the public about the importance of the vaccination program.
Murillo said they will opt for any brand “as long as it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”.
But he stressed that the FDA has not approved yet any COVID -19 vaccine.
City Councilor Oliver Owen Garcia said having a vaccination plan is important for its smooth implementation.
“It is easy to secure vaccine but the roll out is very difficult. That’s why vaccination plan is very important,” Garcia said.
Mayor Azucena P. Huervas earlier said that LGU Valencia has allocated P20 million for the purchase of ths vaccines and willing to provide additional budget if needed. (Mel B. Madera/BukidnonNews.Net correspondent)
The latest COVID-19 update from Valencia City courtesy of Local COVID-19 Task Force