Contreras: Prioritize frontliners for COVID vaccines

By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta

ROXAS CITY – Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras said that frontliners and senior citizens will be prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine.

He said he is also willing to be the first to have the vaccine shot, although, he already developed anti-bodies after he tested positive for the virus before.

“If needed gid nga ipakita to set an example, pwede rin. Pero sa guidelines, unahon ang frontliners then senior citizens,” Contreras said.

Contreras said that the national government would prioritize areas that have high COVID-19 cases in the country.

Moreover, he said that government employees, as well as barangay health workers and government officials who are senior citizens and immunocompromised should also be given priority.

“Hindi ko gusto nga maisyuhan nga may nagakinanglan sang vaccine more kaysa sa akon,” he added.

Contreras earlier said the provincial government has allocated between P60 to P80 million for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, the governor said that there should be an information education campaign about the COVID-19 vaccines so the public would know its benefits.

To attain herd immunity, the provincial government targets 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated, Contreras said.*